DiplomaticQuarter: British envoy in Riyadh praises KSRelief for ‘outstanding’ humanitarian work

KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets Simon Collis and Mark Richardson in Riyadh. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 12 September 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: British envoy in Riyadh praises KSRelief for ‘outstanding’ humanitarian work

  • The workshop discussed how to assess and analyze humanitarian needs, strategic planning and prioritize responses

RIYADH: British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis commended the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for the outstanding humanitarian work it is doing in various parts of the world.
The envoy called on Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the supervisor general of KSRelief, and discussed programs and relief works being carried out by the center.
The meeting took place at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh and was also attended by Mark Richardson, director of the UK’s Middle East and North Africa at the Department for International Development.
“During the meeting, the ambassador was briefed on KSRelief’s work to help people in need around the world, especially in Yemen,” the center said in a statement to Arab News.
“Some of the center’s projects and programs implemented in cooperation with the UN agencies were also discussed,” it said.
The two sides talked about a range of humanitarian topics of common concern, and ways forward to further strengthen the already close ties between Saudi Arabia and the UK.
“The British ambassador expressed his appreciation for the outstanding work being done by KSRelief and its international partners to alleviate the suffering of all in need,” said KSRelief.
Recently, KSRelief organized a workshop on “Humanitarian Needs Assessment,” in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The workshop discussed how to assess and analyze humanitarian needs, strategic planning and prioritize responses.
According to a UN report, the number of Yemenis in need of assistance has risen from 14.7 million in 2013 to 24.1 million in 2019 — a problem that will cost about $4.2 billion to address.
Over two decades, Saudi Arabia has sent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries. Al-Rabeeah said 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

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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.