KSA: Sectarianism will not bring peace in Iraq

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Updated 07 January 2013
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KSA: Sectarianism will not bring peace in Iraq

RIYADH: Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal told reporters yesterday that peace and security will not return to Iraq as long it is ruled by sectarianism and divisive forces.
Continued street protests have strained Iraq’s fragile political balance and renewed fears of intensified sectarian strife.
“We are convinced that Iraq will not stabilize until it starts handling issues without sectarian extremism ... Until these issues are addressed, we don’t think there will ever be stability in Iraq, which pains us,” Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said.
Prince Saud was addressing a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. The two ministers talked about the historic relations between the two countries and focused mainly on the economic ties between them.
He also stressed the Gulf states’ concerns over Iran's nuclear program and its attempts to interfere in their affairs.
“On the political front, we have discussed the Syrian issue that is worsening as the number of casualties has reached 60,000 according to a recent UN report, in additions to millions of refugees,” Prince Saud said.
Speaking of Saudi-Egyptian relations, Prince Saud said that they are connected by strong bonds and mutual respect in all fields and at all levels and that they are together in serving Arab and Islamic issues in addition to world peace and security.
In this respect, he said the first ministerial meeting was held Saturday for the monitoring committee and political consultation between two countries.
In addition, a number of cooperation issues were raised, including the Saudi-Egypt Business Council that is headed by two ministers of trade of the respective countries. This included ways to ease investment methods with special reference to the economic support lent to Egypt.
The need for the unification of Syria was emphasized, in addition to its sovereignty as an independent country.
With regard to the Palestine issue, the meeting described Israel's last escalation as dangerous. Building further settlements and seizing more Palestinian land, in addition to Israel's policy of blackmail that prevents and blocks money transfer to the Palestinians in an attempt to impose sanctions in the aftermath of gaining observer status at the UN with the support of the world community.
Developments on Palestinian reconciliation were also discussed, in addition to the commendable efforts made by Egypt in its attempt to pursue unity and solidarity.
Regarding the Iranian nuclear program, the issue was discussed with special reference to the GCC’s recent joint communiqué about its concern over the Iranian program and its environmental effects on the Gulf states, in addition to its potential danger on security and peace in the region and the world amid its noncompliance for a diplomatic solution.
On his part, Egyptian Minister Kamel Amr said Egypt and Saudi Arabia consult and communicate with each other on every issue. “Our relations exceed ties and boundaries,” he explained, pointing out that trade relations between two countries had soared to $ 5 billion and headed for further expansion.
Amr said he also had a meeting with Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, to extend President Mohamed Mursi’s invitation to King Abdullah to attend the forthcoming Islamic Summit in Cairo in February.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah