KSRelief chief briefs Italian parliamentarians on Saudi aid efforts in Yemen

KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets with the officials of the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome. (SPA)
Updated 26 October 2019

KSRelief chief briefs Italian parliamentarians on Saudi aid efforts in Yemen

The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met with many members of both houses of the Italian Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic in Rome.

The meeting, titled “support for the people of Yemen,” was launched with a briefing on the political, geographical and humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Al-Rabeeah talked about the historical situation of Yemen and of the strong Saudi-Yemeni relations, stressing the Kingdom’s keenness to support all initiatives that sought to find peaceful solutions before the start of the conflict.

Al-Rabeeah said in his speech that the Kingdom gave Yemen over $16 billion in humanitarian and development aid, in addition to supporting refugees, providing funds to Yemen’s central bank and supporting the Yemeni economy.

He stressed that the Kingdom did not discriminate between Yemeni groups, sects and regions and provided assistance without bias. 

“The Kingdom is keen to support the security and stability of the Middle East and North Africa, and strives to ensure the development and security of the region,” he said.

Al-Rabeeah emphasized that the Kingdom called on the international community and the EU to contribute to the achievement of regional stability, and to pressure Iran to end its interference in the internal affairs of states like Yemen.

Italian MPs highlighted the importance of humanitarian action in the country, and expressed their appreciation for the Kingdom’s efforts, through KSRelief, to support the people of Yemen.

They stressed that the best solution was a peaceful solution that guaranteed security and stability, noting the Riyadh’s pivotal role in achieving it in the region.

Representatives of the center also visited Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome, to study the possibility of cooperation between the two sides in the field of treating children and training medics in countries in need of assistance.

They briefed hospital officials on KSRelief’s projects and programs that care for children in different countries in need, especially in Yemen.

Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital is one of the largest and most renowned hospitals specializing in the treatment and surgery of children. It also provides humanitarian and charitable work in many countries.


Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

Updated 48 min 29 sec ago

Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

  • Lucid Motors announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan

 

LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge.
Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan.
The results confirm that the Lucid Air is the longest range electric vehicle to date, the car maker said in a statement.
So-called “range anxiety,” where drivers fear being stranded without power in their cars, is a major factor for electric vehicle manufacturers in convincing people to make the switch from traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.
“Range and efficiency are widely recognized as the most relevant proof points by which EV technical prowess is measured,” said Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. “A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles range; a reflection of our technology at that time. In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.”
The PIF agreed a $1 billion investment deal with Lucid Motors two years ago to develop the car at a factory in Arizona.
The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online event on Sept. 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared.
Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in early 2021.