KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia largest donor to Sudan with $1.2bn aid

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KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah attends the high-level roundtable meeting on Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan in London. (SPA)
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KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah attends the high-level roundtable meeting on Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan in London. (SPA)
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Updated 19 January 2020

KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia largest donor to Sudan with $1.2bn aid

  • Kingdom one of the key supporters of African nation, given historic ties

LONDON: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) said the Kingdom had been one of the largest donors to Sudan, with a total amount of donations exceeding $1.2 billion until 2019, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah stressed that the strong historical ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan made support for the country and people essential.
This came during Al-Rabeeah’s participation in the high-level roundtable meeting in London on the international response to the humanitarian situation in Sudan, co-hosted by the UK, Sweden, and the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Al-Rabeeah said: “The Kingdom appreciates the efforts of the UK, Sweden, and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in organizing this meeting.”
He wished everyone success in establishing funding to meet the humanitarian needs of the Sudanese people, and support social protection and economic reforms to overcome the challenges of the transitional period.

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KSRelief’s 2020 plan includes implementing several medical campaigns in Sudan, two of which are anti-blindness campaigns at a cost of $750,000 and two for heart surgery and catheters at a cost of $1.5 million, and for urinary tract surgery at a cost of $1.5 million.

“As the Kingdom is aware of the economic, humanitarian, climatic, and health challenges facing the people of Sudan, it has partnered with the UAE by announcing on April 21, 2019, a package of joint aid worth $3 billion, $500 million of which deposited in the Central Bank of Sudan to support the economy and the currency. Saudi Arabia also increased its investments in Sudan’s private sector,” he added.
Al-Rabeeah pointed out that KSRelief’s 2020 plan includes implementing several medical campaigns in Sudan, two of which are anti-blindness campaigns at a cost of $750,000 and two for heart surgery and catheterizations at a cost of $1.5 million, and for urinary tract surgery at a cost of $1.5 million. The Kingdom was also keen to support Sudan in the economic field to achieve political stability.
Al-Rabeeah said that Saudi Arabia supported international efforts to hold a donor conference for Sudan in 2020, aimed at reaching the largest amount of funding to help the people of Sudan.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.