Al-Rabeeah meets global humanitarian leaders in Riyadh

KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Updated 05 March 2020

Al-Rabeeah meets global humanitarian leaders in Riyadh

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), discussed the global humanitarian issues with a number of officials in Riyadh on Wednesday.

During his meeting with the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Al-Rabeeah discussed a number of issues of common interest pertaining to medical and health programs between the two sides in Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh and other countries.

He met Antonio Vitorino, the director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to discuss cooperation to provide aid to refugees.

Al-Rabeeah held a meeting with David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), to review ways to enhance cooperation in food security and overcome difficulties facing humanitarian relief work in various countries of the world.

The two sides discussed joint programs in Yemen and Syria, searching for the optimal support mechanism to alleviate the suffering there.

Beasley praised the distinguished partnership between KSRelief and WFP and the two sides’ pursuit of food security in countries in need.

During his meeting with the director general of the European Commission for Human Affairs, Dr. Michael Kohler, Al-Rabeeah discussed cooperation to support humanitarian aid globally.


$4.3 billion

Saudi Arabia has been ranked a global fifth, and first in the Arab world, for its provision of humanitarian aid. Since its inception in 2015, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has implemented 1,201 projects in 47 countries at a total cost of $4.3 billion.

Kohler praised the efforts of KSRelief and its role in supporting affected peoples in Yemen and other countries.

Al-Rabeeah also met Jennifer Townson, Britain’s Migration and Modern Slavery envoy. Townson was briefed on the KSRelief’s humanitarian efforts for displaced people in the world, such as Yemeni and Syrian refugees, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Malaysia, and various refugee environments. Townson noted the work of the KSRelief around the world to help the displaced.

Meanwhile, a Saudi relief plane arrived in Djibouti International Airport carrying 100 tons of food and shelter aid for 3,500 individuals affected by rains that swept Djibouti recently. This comes within the framework of efforts by the Kingdom, represented by KSRelief, to provide all forms of aid to needy peoples in all countries.

The center also signed two executive projects to treat wounded Yemenis in recent incidents in the governorate of Aden in partnership with a number of private sector hospitals.

KSRelief, in cooperation with the Ghina Charitable Society, distributed 1,216 winter bags and 2,432 blankets, benefiting 1,216 families of various nationalities in the Lebanese town of Bar Elias.

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.