Saudi aid agency continues humanitarian work worldwide

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King Salman Relief Center distributes food baskets in Haradh and Hiran districts of Hajjah governorate, Yemen. (SPA)
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King Salman Relief Center distributes food baskets in Haradh and Hiran districts of Hajjah governorate, Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 01 September 2019

Saudi aid agency continues humanitarian work worldwide

BEIRUT: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) delivered in Beirut three ambulances with medical equipment for a project to support Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

The delivery took place in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari and Lebanese officials. 

Meanwhile KSRelief, in cooperation with Al-Khair Coalition for Humanitarian Relief, distributed 18 tents, 95 blankets and 35 rugs to those affected by the Dhanna camp fire in Yemen’s Marib governorate, benefiting 108 people from 18 displaced families.

KSRelief also distributed 847 food baskets, benefiting 4,000 people, in Yemen’s Al-Hajjah governorate.

The center launched an agricultural project in Yemen’s Lahij governorate that will provide temporary jobs for 80 unemployed people, allowing them to generate income and improve their families’ living conditions.

KSRelief delivered 260 tons of dates to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) to needy people in Honduras. The center also delivered 260 tons of dates to the WFP for distribution in Nicaragua.

Over two decades, Saudi Arabia has spent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries. According to a KSRelief report, since 2014 more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq.


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.