DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan looking to expand cooperation in the food sector

Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhey, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, meets Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 25 July 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan looking to expand cooperation in the food sector

  • The Pakistani ambassador and SFDA chief reviewed cooperation between the two countries

RIYADH: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are looking to expand cooperation in the food sector following talks between Pakistani envoy Raja Ali Ejaz and CEO of the Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhey in Riyadh.

During the meeting at the SFDA’s headquarters, the Pakistani ambassador and SFDA chief reviewed cooperation between the two countries, including the lifting of a long-imposed ban on the import of certain categories of shrimps from Pakistan into the Kingdom, the Pakistan Embassy told Arab News.

The Pakistan envoy was accompanied by trade attache Amer Hussain. The meeting was also attended by several SFDA officials, including Mohammad Dahas, the executive director (inspections).

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Pakistan in February this year, bringing what was described as a “record investment package” to assist the South Asian country.

Last year, Saudi Arabia pledged a $6 billion aid package for Pakistan to help stave off a balance of payments crisis.

The Saudi government has also agreed to establish a $10 billion oil refinery in the Pakistani port city of Gwadar.


KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

Updated 07 June 2020

KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

ARSAL, Lebanon:  The Al-Amal Medical Center in Lebanon’s Bekaa governorate continued to provide medical services to Syrian refugees with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

It is part of a project to strengthen health services for Syrian refugees and the host community in the town of Arsal.

In May, 4,575 patients visited the clinics and received 8,123 free health services across specialized departments, in addition to receiving help from laboratory, pharmacy and nursing services.

General health clinics received 396 patients, eye clinics had 506 patients, the emergency department 595 patients, dental clinics 325 patients, pediatric clinics saw 347 patients, with 125 vaccinations provided.

ENT clinics received 412 patients, orthopedic clinics 311 patients, heart clinics had 240 patients, urology clinics 472 patients, gastroenterology clinics 180 patients, gynecological clinics 271 patients, gland and diabetes clinics 65 patients, and psychiatric clinics 68 patients.

The Al-Amal Medical Center is following the necessary procedures and precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic to provide services to patients in a safe medical environment.

Awareness campaigns were carried out to familiarize people with precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and they were provided with items for personal hygiene.

The medical director of the project, Dr. Tariq Shandab, said that the center aimed to serve more than 45,000 people and provide them with healthcare in a variety of fields, in addition to having an emergency department that worked around the clock and an integrated pharmacy to provide free medicine to all patients.

Shandab expressed his gratitude for the humanitarian services provided by Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, to the Syrian refugees and their host community.