UNRWA appreciates Saudi Arabia's support for Palestinian refugees

Philip Lazzarini, the commissioner-general of the UN’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) expressed the UN’s support in a letter addressed to the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief). (SPA)
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Updated 15 October 2020

UNRWA appreciates Saudi Arabia's support for Palestinian refugees

  • The Kingdom is looking forward to more cooperation between the two sides

RIYADH: The United Nations said it appreciated Saudi Arabia's “generous support” to its refugee agency.
Philip Lazzarini, the commissioner-general of the UN’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) expressed the UN’s support in a letter addressed to the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief). 
Lazzarini thanked the Kingdom for its “support and vital role that had a great impact on the Palestinian refugees, noting the strategic relationship between the Kingdom” and the Palestinian parties, which “has lasted for decades.”
The statement also said the Kingdom is also looking forward to more cooperation between the two sides.
Meanwhile, the UN representative for refugees in Yemen, Jean-Nicolas Pius, also expressed his thanks and appreciation to Saudi Arabia for the generous support provided to refugees and internally displaced persons in Yemen.
“With the escalation of the Yemeni crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, the donation of the last center came as an unforgettable gesture that contributed to helping 1.4 million displaced people, while providing thousands of needy families with urgent shelter and food supplies,” Pius said.


MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogue

Updated 53 min 52 sec ago

MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogue

RIYADH: The Muslim World League (MWL) and the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) have launched a book dedicated to the promotion of peace, human rights, and dialogue among civilizations.

The work, co-authored by 32 leading religious, international, political, intellectual, and media figures from around the world, was launched in Jeddah to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary and 100 years of multilateralism.

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL, said: “I have always said that 10 percent of humans are capable of bringing peace and harmony to our world.

“Religious leaders and public and private institutions, including international institutions, have a responsibility to contribute effectively to achieving our common aspirations.

“A civilized alliance must be reached that represents the reality of understanding, tolerance, and cooperation of all, as well as promoting awareness of the fact that God has established the principles of difference, diversity, and pluralism.”

Al-Issa added: “History has given us lessons and sermons that prove that there is no victor in civilizational clashes and conflicts, which means that ideas can only be communicated through wisdom and mutual respect.”

Alvaro Iranzo Gutierrez, the Spanish ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said Spain had also tried to play a role in international efforts aimed at providing a structure for dialogue between communities and religions.

He pointed out that the book’s research, coordinated by UPEACE and the MWL, provided “the necessary and comprehensive intellectual refutation of all the negatives in order to rise above the perceptions of the past that highlights divisions.”

Francisco J. Chacon Hernandez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the UAE and Jordan, congratulated the MWL and UPEACE on the “inspiring” work that he said would help pave the way for peace.