Prince Khalid bin Salman: We will always be committed to ‘our brothers in Yemen’

Prince Khalid bin Salman highlighted the commitment of the KSA and the UAE to Yemen. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 November 2018

Prince Khalid bin Salman: We will always be committed to ‘our brothers in Yemen’

  • KSA and UAE have always been and will always be committed to our brothers in Yemen, says Prince Khalid
  • Prince Khalid blamed Houthis for breaking a ceasefire

JEDDAH: The commitment of the Kingdom and ally United Arab Emirates to the Yemeni people is historic and will endure, the Saudi ambassador to the US said Wednesday. 
“KSA and UAE have always been and will always be committed to our brothers in Yemen,” Prince Khalid bin Salman said in a Tweet.
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced a $500 million package for Yemen in response to the food crisis to support more than 10 million people.
Prince Khalid blamed the Iranian-backed Houthis for breaking a recent ceasefire in the country.
“Houthis announced a ceasefire in which they said they will halt all missile attacks against Coalition countries and Yemeni forces. 13 hours later, they launched a missile targeting Maidi. This is consistent with their pattern of lying and violating commitments.”
“This is after all consistent with their Iranian masters’ playbook. On Yemen, while the Iranian Foreign Minister denies any involvement, the IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami boasts of ‘new bases from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea',” he added.
A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Houthi militia.
Earlier Wednesday, UN envoy Martin Griffiths flew to Sanaa for talks with Houthi leaders as he attempts to revive a peace process that collapsed in acrimony in Switzerland in September when the Houthis failed to show up.

KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

Updated 28 min 31 sec ago

KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

MAKKAH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, has been named the winner of the 2019 moderation award.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal made the announcement at a ceremony held on Wednesday in Jeddah.

The award, in its third year, is considered one of the most important in promoting the values of moderation and combating extremism, both internally and externally.

Al-Rabeeah has held 13 positions that contributed to his selection for the award, most notably minister of health, and pediatric surgery consultant, a role in which he performed 47 operations for conjoined twins from 20 countries.

The Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program is a global reference and one of Saudi Arabia’s most distinguished medical humanitarian initiatives worldwide.

In December 1990, Al-Rabeeah hit local and international headlines after making history in the Kingdom by performing complex surgery to separate the first conjoined Saudi twins at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah

The case of the conjoined Malaysian twins Ahmed and Mohammed was particularly demanding. The family of the two children appealed to the Kingdom’s government to conduct the separation operation, and Al-Rabeeah carried out successful surgery lasting 23.5 hours in September 2002, by royal request.

After taking over as general supervisor of KSRelief, Al-Rabeeah oversaw 176 projects in 37 countries, including key areas such as food security, health, water, sanitation, education, women, children, vaccination and shelter.

He also implemented the directives of King Salman, providing various humanitarian and relief programs and building partnerships and community support with other countries.

The center executed 1,050 projects in 44 countries in addition to 225 projects dedicated to women and 224 for children.