KSRelief chief meets USAID officials in Washington

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, second left, meets USAID officials in Washington. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2019

KSRelief chief meets USAID officials in Washington

  • Al-Rabeeah said that the amount of Saudi assistance presented to Yemen since 2015

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), met the deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bonnie Glick, and a number of officials in Washington.

The meeting discussed the importance of cooperation between KSRelief and USAID and ways to develop this cooperation in the future to alleviate the suffering of countries in need and develop humanitarian working mechanisms to ensure the delivery of aids to their beneficiaries.

Al-Rabeeah also attended a dialogue session at the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, in the presence of MEI’s President Paul Salem, Senior Vice President Gerald Feierstein and a number of the institute’s members.

During the session, a presentation was made about the Kingdom’s relief and humanitarian efforts that have been implemented by KSRelief in many countries since it was founded in 2015.

Al-Rabeeah said that the amount of Saudi assistance presented to Yemen since 2015 has reached $14.5 billion, more than $2 billion of which was donated through KSRelief.

He spoke about some of the center’s qualitative projects in Yemen such as the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) which has extracted 89,761 as of September 2019, and the establishment of centers that provide artificial limbs for the victims of mines and missiles and rehabilitate them to adapt to help them lead a normal life.

Al-Rabeeah drew attention to the project to rehabilitate children under 18 years old who were recruited by Houthi militias and thrown into warzones.

He noted that the children were reintegrated back into society and presented, along with their parents, with psychological, social and educational services from specialized experts.

Afterward, Al-Rabeeah answered the audience’s questions which focused on the challenges facing Saudi humanitarian work. He confirmed that the Kingdom strives to provide humanitarian work with transparency and neutrality and include all regions of Yemen.

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.