Saudi diplomat in Colombo found dead in pool

Updated 03 December 2013

Saudi diplomat in Colombo found dead in pool

A Saudi diplomat was found dead inside a swimming pool at an apartment complex in Colombo on Sunday.
Abdulaziz Abdul Rahman Al-Jammaz, Saudi ambassador to Sri Lanka, told Arab News over the phone that the deceased was Abdullah Al-Heej, a 32-year-old diplomat who had been serving at the Saudi mission in Colombo over the past two-and-a-half years.
Al-Heej was working as an accountant at the Colombo mission, the envoy said. 
The ambassador said that he had called for a full-scale investigation to ascertain the cause of death.
Al-Jammaz said that the body would be flown to the Kingdom immediately upon the completion of the inquiry.
Al-Jammaz said that the entire mission in Colombo was in a state of shock over the death of Al-Heej, who was well liked among his peers. The mission will coordinate with the Foreign Ministry in Colombo to sort out matters related to his death. 
The police said the diplomat was believed to have suffered a heart attack and fell into the pool of the apartment complex at Adamaly Place in Colombo. 
Arab News learned that Bambalapitiya police ruled out foul play and insisted that the diplomat died of natural causes. The police said that an investigation is underway. 
An official from the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry confirmed the diplomat's death. “We will be assisting the Saudi mission in Colombo in repatriating the body," he said.
Arab News learned that the diplomat's family in Jeddah wants to bring the body home.


KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia largest donor to Sudan with $1.2bn aid

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah attends the high-level roundtable meeting on Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan in London. (SPA)
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KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia largest donor to Sudan with $1.2bn aid

  • Kingdom one of the key supporters of African nation, given historic ties

LONDON: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) said the Kingdom had been one of the largest donors to Sudan, with a total amount of donations exceeding $1.2 billion until 2019, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah stressed that the strong historical ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan made support for the country and people essential.
This came during Al-Rabeeah’s participation in the high-level roundtable meeting in London on the international response to the humanitarian situation in Sudan, co-hosted by the UK, Sweden, and the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Al-Rabeeah said: “The Kingdom appreciates the efforts of the UK, Sweden, and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in organizing this meeting.”
He wished everyone success in establishing funding to meet the humanitarian needs of the Sudanese people, and support social protection and economic reforms to overcome the challenges of the transitional period.

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KSRelief’s 2020 plan includes implementing several medical campaigns in Sudan, two of which are anti-blindness campaigns at a cost of $750,000 and two for heart surgery and catheters at a cost of $1.5 million, and for urinary tract surgery at a cost of $1.5 million.

“As the Kingdom is aware of the economic, humanitarian, climatic, and health challenges facing the people of Sudan, it has partnered with the UAE by announcing on April 21, 2019, a package of joint aid worth $3 billion, $500 million of which deposited in the Central Bank of Sudan to support the economy and the currency. Saudi Arabia also increased its investments in Sudan’s private sector,” he added.
Al-Rabeeah pointed out that KSRelief’s 2020 plan includes implementing several medical campaigns in Sudan, two of which are anti-blindness campaigns at a cost of $750,000 and two for heart surgery and catheterizations at a cost of $1.5 million, and for urinary tract surgery at a cost of $1.5 million. The Kingdom was also keen to support Sudan in the economic field to achieve political stability.
Al-Rabeeah said that Saudi Arabia supported international efforts to hold a donor conference for Sudan in 2020, aimed at reaching the largest amount of funding to help the people of Sudan.