Djibouti minister hails KSRelief humanitarian efforts for distressed citizens, refugees

KSRelief General Supervisor Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets with Djibouti Health Minister Djama Elmi Okieh in Riyadh on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 29 October 2017

Djibouti minister hails KSRelief humanitarian efforts for distressed citizens, refugees

RIYADH: The Djibouti minister of health praised services provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for his country, especially in the health sector.
This came during a meeting on Saturday between Djibouti’s Health Minister Djama Elmi Okieh and the adviser to the royal court and general supervisor of KSRelief, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah at the headquarters of the center in Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed the services provided by KSRelief to the distressed and the needy in Djibouti and the humanitarian programs carried out in support of the Ministry of Health in cooperation with UN relief and humanitarian organizations.
The two sides also discussed a number of important issues in the field of humanitarian work and the possibility of cooperation in this regard.
In a press statement after the meeting, the minister expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Kingdom’s support to Djibouti through KSRelief.
The minister explained that “the center supported the health sector in Djibouti with medicines, equipment and provided services to Djiboutian citizens and refugees, whether from Yemen, Somalia or Ethiopia, and has helped nearly 175,000 citizens and residents.”
Okieh praised the acute vision of the Saudi leadership that is represented in the establishment of this center to serve as the Kingdom’s benevolent arm.
“The KSRelief provided assistance to 38 countries around the world in all areas of relief and health care in a short period since its establishment two-and-a-half years ago.”
The minister said that Saudi Arabia has provided services to Muslims and non-Muslims in many countries, in addition to the assistance provided to them in Djibouti, and Yemeni refugees who came to the country and reside in the Abkh camp.
“We look forward to the visit of Al-Rabeeah to inaugurate an integrated complex with its various services for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti, which is an important model and symbolizes the Kingdom’s support of its brothers,” he added.

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”