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.


Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port, covering 500 families. (SPA)
Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

  • So far, 290 tons of aid transported to provide urgent humanitarian needs to people affected by explosion

JEDDAH: Aid continues to flow into the Lebanese capital Beirut, as the fourth Saudi air bridge plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) arrived on Sunday.
Ninety tons of emergency aid was flown in on the flight, including medical materials and equipment, foodstuff and shelter supplies. Medicines, burn treatments, medical solutions, masks, gloves, sterilizers and other surgical materials will be distributed by special teams on the ground.
The plane also carried food baskets that included flour and dates as well as shelter materials such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and utensils.

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So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
This aid was provided based on an assessment report of the necessary humanitarian needs resulting from the explosion, in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, and the KSRelief branch in Lebanon.
This comes as an extension of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

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So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port on Sunday, covering 500 families.
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News that special committees would oversee and review reports on the Lebanese people’s needs.
“Aid will continue to flow into Lebanon after assessing the required needs of the Lebanese people in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Lebanon,” he said.
Countries around the world have come together to help Lebanon in the wake of the explosion on Aug. 4, which devastated large areas of Beirut, damaging and destroying infrastructure, buildings and homes, including all port facilities and the country’s grain storage silos.