Vital work of Saudi aid agency highlighted at UN gathering

Dr. Aqeel bin Jumban Al-Ghamdi , KSRelief assistant general supervisor for planning and development, speaks at the meeting of donors at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva on May 2, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 03 May 2019

Vital work of Saudi aid agency highlighted at UN gathering

  • Al-Ghamdi highlights humanitarian support provided by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to troubled Sudan

GENEVA: Saudi Arabia’s vital multi-billion-dollar relief work was highlighted at a top-level meeting of a UN aid organization’s financial backers.
A delegation from the Kingdom on Wednesday attended the regular meeting of donors supporting the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), held in Geneva.
The group representing Saudi Arabia was headed by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSRelief) assistant general supervisor for planning and development, Dr. Aqeel bin Jumban Al-Ghamdi.
During the meeting, chaired by the Republic of Ireland, Al-Ghamdi highlighted the humanitarian support provided by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Sudan.
This, he told delegates, amounted to a package of aid totaling $3 billion, including $500 million provided by the two countries as a deposit in the Central Bank of Sudan, to strengthen its financial status, reduce pressures on the Sudanese pound and achieve greater stability of the exchange rate.
He stressed that the remaining balance would be spent on meeting the urgent food, medicine and fuel-derivative needs of the Sudanese people.
Al-Ghamdi praised the Kingdom’s leading and pioneering role in humanitarian work and pointed to the efforts of the OCHA in helping to alleviate the suffering of those in need and the speed of its response to international humanitarian crises.
The meeting also discussed the governance of the OCHA, the new structure of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee, and the outcome of a visit to Sudan by the donor group.


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

Updated 12 min 22 sec ago

WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incodent the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.