Saudi aid agency signs agreements to help people of Yemen and Lebanon

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Updated 20 April 2021

Saudi aid agency signs agreements to help people of Yemen and Lebanon

Saudi aid agency signs agreements to help people of Yemen and Lebanon
  • The agreement includes participation in routine vaccination campaigns approved by the World Health Organization

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Monday signed two agreements with the International War and Disaster Victims Protection Association (IPV) designed to help people in need in Yemen.

Ahmed Al-Beez, KSrelief’s assistant general supervisor for operations and programs, signed the accords at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh.

Abdullah Saleh Al-Moallem, director of KSrelief’s Health and Environmental Aid Department, said the first agreement will enhance primary healthcare services and the management of malnutrition in Yemen. Worth $5.5 million, it will benefit almost 2.5 million people in the governorates of Mahra Abyan, Al-Dhale, Shabwah, Aden, Taiz and Hadramout.

He added that the agreement “aims to provide basic health and nutrition services within the necessary health services package in case of emergencies.”

It includes nutritional surveys and assessments for children under the age of five years old, and for pregnant and lactating women. It also includes participation in routine vaccination campaigns, medical diagnosis and treatment for all age groups and nationalities in the target communities, localization of services, and the training of new national cadres.

The second agreement, Al-Moallem said, includes phase six of a center for artificial limbs and rehabilitation in Marib governorate. The deal, which is worth $1.7 million and will benefit 3,549 patients, aims to provide physical rehabilitation services for people with special needs, develop individual treatment plans for each patient, fit all types of artificial limbs, provide a functional rehabilitation service for users of prostheses, raise the professional and scientific capabilities of medical staff, prepare them to deal with specific cases, and limit the migration of specialized medical and technical personnel.

Also on Monday, KSrelief signed a separate agreement with IPV to enhance healthcare services for Syrian refugees and their host community in Arsal, in Lebanon’s Baalbek governorate. Worth $972,000, it will benefit 65,000 people.

Al-Moallem said this agreement will provide “healthcare services, psycho-social and nutritional support, and medicines to Syrian refugees in the Arsal region and its countryside and to Lebanese citizens free of charge.”

In addition it will help to develop the national health information system and data management, and support existing national programs, such as those that target tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

The agreement also includes participation in routine vaccination campaigns approved by the World Health Organization and the Lebanese Ministry of Health, as well as health and nutritional education and awareness initiatives, the promotion of personal and general hygiene, efforts to limit the spread of epidemiological, infectious and communicable diseases, and the promotion of healthy eating.

It will survey the weights and heights of children, to help with efforts to address cases of dwarfism, and provide nutritional and psychological support for refugees and the host community in general, and children with motor and sensory disabilities in particular. It will also improve access to specialized medical centers.

Elsewhere, KSrelief has provided 1,420 Ramadan food baskets for people in Bethlehem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, benefiting 1,420 families — a total of 7,100 people.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh thanked KSrelief for the assistance it has provided to the Palestinian people during Ramadan. Speaking during a cabinet meeting, he said the Ramadan food baskets will be distributed in the coming days through zakat committees.

The Palestinian Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs launched the project to provide Ramadan food baskets for needy families, orphans and those who care for Al-Aqsa mosque, through funding from KSrelief and in coordination with the Jordanian Hashemite Charitable Organization.

The Saudi center has also distributed 2,950 food baskets in Jerusalem, benefiting 2,950 families and a total of 14,750 people, and 1,000 food baskets to needy families in Lebanon’s Chouf region.

The initiatives fall within the framework of the center’s project to secure and distribute food baskets to needy families in Islamic nations during the holy month.

 


Saudi official confirms talks with Iran, says premature to assess outcome

Saudi official confirms talks with Iran, says premature to assess outcome
Updated 07 May 2021

Saudi official confirms talks with Iran, says premature to assess outcome

Saudi official confirms talks with Iran, says premature to assess outcome

DUBAI: A Saudi foreign ministry official said on Friday that talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran aim to reduce regional tensions but that it was too early to judge the outcome and Riyadh wanted to see “verifiable deeds.”
The comments by Ambassador Rayed Krimly, head of policy planning at the ministry, were the first public confirmation from Riyadh that the rivals were holding direct talks.
“We hope they prove successful, but it is too early, and premature, to reach any definitive conclusions,” Krimly told Reuters.


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Pakistan army chief

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Pakistan army chief
Updated 07 May 2021

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Pakistan army chief

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Pakistan army chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani chief of army staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of defense of Saudi Arabia, and reviewed bilateral relations, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Bajwa arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan will also embark on a three-day visit to the Kingdom today.

The media wing of the Pakistani military said “matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including recent developments in Afghan Peace Process, bilateral defense, security, collaboration for regional peace and connectivity were discussed” during Friday’s meeting.

 

 

“COAS said that Pakistan is resolute in its commitment to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of KSA and defense of the two Holy Mosques. The Crown Prince acknowledged Pakistan’s role toward regional peace and stability,” the military said.

“The Crown Prince also said that the relations between KSA & Pakistan are based on bonds of brotherhood & mutual trust and both nations will continue to play their part for peace, stability & betterment of Muslim Ummah.”

SPA reported that the two leaders “reviewed bilateral relations, especially in the military and defense fields, and discussed opportunities for their development, in addition to a number of issues of common concern” during their meeting.

“The meeting was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Defense, His Excellency the Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, National Security Adviser Dr. Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Aiban, His Excellency the Head of General Intelligence, Mr. Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, and the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Pakistan Mr. Nawwaf bin Saeed Maliki.”

On the Pakistani side, Pakistani ambassador to the kingdom, Lt. Gen. Bilal Akbar, the secretary to the army chief, Major General Muhammad Irfan, and the Defense Attaché of the Pakistani embassy in Riyadh, Brig. Gen. Harun Ishaq Raja, were present.

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  • Meetings with Saudi leadership to cover areas including economics, trade, investment and job opportunities for the Pakistani workforce

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia today, Friday, on the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In meetings with the Saudi leadership, Khan will cover all areas of bilateral cooperation including economics, trade, investment, environment, energy, job opportunities for the Pakistani workforce, and the welfare of the Pakistani diaspora in the kingdom, the foreign office said. 
“The Prime Minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the Foreign Minister and other members of the Cabinet,” the foreign office said in a statement. 
During Khan’s visit, “the two sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest … A number of bilateral agreements/MoUs are expected to be signed during the visit.”
Khan will also meet the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary General of the World Muslim League, Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, and the Imams of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Medina. 
“Prime Minister Imran Khan will also interact with the Pakistani diaspora in Jeddah,” the foreign office said.
“Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long-standing and historic fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history and mutual support. The relationship is marked by close cooperation in all fields and mutual collaboration on regional and international issues, in particular those faced by the Muslim Ummah,” the foreign office said, adding:
“​Saudi Arabia is home to more than two million Pakistanis, contributing toward the progress and prosperity of both countries. Regular high-level bilateral visits continue to play a pivotal role in providing impetus to the fraternal ties and close cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.”
Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa also visited Riyadh this week and on Wednesday discussed defense cooperation with the Saudi military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili.
During the meeting with Al-Ruwaili, Gen Bajwa “emphasized the need to further enhance military-to-military cooperation between the two-armed forces and said that Pakistan-KSA cooperation will have positive impact on peace and security in the region.”


Vaccination against COVID-19 a must for all workers in Saudi Arabia: State TV

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Updated 07 May 2021

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RIYADH: Every worker in the Kingdom will be required to get inoculated against COVID-19 to be able to attend their workplaces, state TV Al Ehbariya said on Friday, quoting the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Development.

In a series of tweets, Al Ekhbariya said the ministry was also calling on all sectors to ensure that their employees are vaccinated.

The mechanism of the forthcoming policy and its date of application will be announced soon, the TV station said.

 


 

 


Pakistan keen on greater economic interaction with Saudi Arabia: Pakistan president

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Updated 07 May 2021

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Pakistan keen on greater economic interaction with Saudi Arabia: Pakistan president
  • Strong relationship gains its strength from common religious and cultural values

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed cordial relations.
This strong relationship has been nurtured by successive generations of leadership on both sides and gains its strength from common religious and cultural values and a shared desire for international peace and global development.
Saudi Arabia is held in great reverence by the people of Pakistan and there exists a deep affiliation with the Kingdom, as it is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
There also exists a complete synergy for shared development between the two countries. Pakistani engineers, construction experts and labor have played a leading role in building the infrastructure of modern Saudi Arabia.
Similarly, Pakistani doctors, bankers, entrepreneurs, academics and financial experts have played a premier role in developing the institutional infrastructure of Saudi Arabia.
The visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan in early 2019 ushered in a new area of economic cooperation.
We wish to have greater economic interaction with Saudi Arabia and also look for enhanced trade between the two countries. I am sure the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia will open further avenues of mutual cooperation and broaden understanding on issues of mutual interest.
Pakistan looks forward to the further strengthening of strategic cooperation, trade and investment.
It also looks for cooperation against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has become a major challenge for the world including Muslim countries.
Long live the Pakistan-Saudi friendship!

• Dr. Arif Alvi is the president of Pakistan.