KSRelief gives aid efforts new impetus in Ramadan

KSRelief distributes food regularly among Syrian refugees in Lebanon and elswhere. (SPA)
Updated 15 May 2019

KSRelief gives aid efforts new impetus in Ramadan

  • Yemeni health minister praises center’s humanitarian work

ADEN, MOGADISHU, RIYADH: With the advent of Ramadan, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has increased its efforts to provide relief to the needy across the Muslim world by widening the scope of its food distribution program.

In addition to food programs, the center has initiated a number of humanitarian projects in various countries, particularly in war-ravaged Yemen. 

Earlier this week, the center dispatched seven truckloads of dialysis equipment to the Yemeni Ministry of Health for distribution to a number of dialysis centers across the country.

KSRelief also distributed 240 food baskets to families of autistic people in Yemen’s Aden province, part of a wider distribution program of 10,000 food baskets across the region to people suffering from an array of health issues.

As many as 2,501,897 Yemenis benefited from medical services provided by the center in 2018, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year, kidney centers in Hadramout received some 56 tons of medical supplies from KSRelief.

Yemeni Health Minister Nasser Ba’aom commended the Kingdom’s efforts through the center to support the health sector in the Arab nation.

On Tuesday, KSRelief distributed Ramadan food baskets in different parts of Somali capital Mogadishu for the eighth consecutive day.

The center also distributed food baskets in Albania and among Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. 

In a recent meeting with KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah at his office in Riyadh, the regional representative of the UNHCR to the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States, Khalid Khalifa, praised the center’s active cooperation with his organization to improve the condition of refugees in various countries.

They also reviewed the Kingdom’s efforts to provide relief to the people of Yemen, Syria and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

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