Saudi Arabia donated $115 billion to help 90 countries

Updated 06 October 2015

Saudi Arabia donated $115 billion to help 90 countries

JEDDAH: Faisal bin Hassan Trad, the permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Office in Geneva, said the Kingdom has been the most generous country in the world in the field of development and humanitarian aid over the past four decades.
“Saudi Arabia donated, during this period, more than $115 billion to more than 90 countries all over the world,” said the Saudi ambassador to the UN during a symposium at the Geneva Press Club in the Swiss capital, which was managed by the Swiss Foreign Ministry. The symposium was attended by officials from King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Center (Ksrelief).
The ambassador gave a detailed briefing during the event on the vision, goals and the nature of work of the center, adding that Saudi Arabia has always led other countries in terms of the application of humanitarian values and principles in relief and support.
Ambassador Trad said that Ksrelief was derived from the good and tolerant values of Islam, the religion of peace, grace, humanity and dignity.
The symposium was attended by Maher Hadraoui, CEO of the Ksrelief center, Richard Brennan the director of emergency risk management and humanitarian response at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Rashid Khalikov director of the office for coordination of humanitarian affairs, Alexander Khan assistant general director for UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Programs, and Amin Awad director for Middle East and North Africa operations at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Ambassador Trad said that Saudi Arabia, stemming out of its obligations and commitments toward the brotherly Yemeni people, was the only country that responded to the humanitarian assistance appeal launched by the UN to help Yemen by extending a donation of $274 million.
“The Kingdom also signed a number of agreements to extend food and medicines, in addition to other needs for mother and child affairs, and to rehabilitate health institutions in Yemen,” said the ambassador.
Maher Hadraoui said although the center was founded only four months ago it has become a leading international institution fully dedicated to humanitarian aid and to provide relief to distressed communities.
The Saudi delegation showcased films on the center’s activities in providing humanitarian assistance to Yemen.
Khalikov said of the activities of the center: “We have a copy on the figures of the funds donated by the center and it reveals large monetary aid which is not even possible to collect from a large number of countries.”
Brennan added the center always coordinates with WHO for channeling medicines and medical equipment to Yemen.
“I only can say this is quality assistance that has met the basic needs of distressed people,” he added, praising the noble goals of the center and its achievements in such a short period.


G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

Updated 17 February 2020

G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

  • There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists

RIYADH: The media committee of the G20 Summit held its introductory press conference on Sunday afternoon at the headquarters of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh.

Both local and foreign media were invited to view the year’s schedule of events, ask the media committee questions and understand the objectives of the summit.
“Thanks to the direction of King Salman and constant support from the crown prince, the Kingdom has prepared a full schedule that will guarantee the success of this historic event,” said Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah.
He talked about the facilities that would be made available to the members of the press throughout the year, including an international media center that would serve as the central hub for all media activities in the summit.
“The media committee has prepared a full strategic plan to provide members of both foreign and local press with all of the resources they will need to cover the G20. There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists,” he said.
He added that media facilities would be available to accredited journalists and in multiple languages for journalists across the world.
Fahd Al-Mubarak, minister of state and Saudi Arabia’s G20 sherpa, said: “Having such a large number of media professionals really underscores the importance of the role the Kingdom plays in leading the 2020 G20 Summit.”
Al-Mubarak highlighted some of the challenges the summit was facing this year, notably the coronavirus, which he said that they were actively discussing and trying to overcome.
Fahd Al-Tunisi, adviser at the royal court and secretary-general of the Saudi Secretariat for the G20, highlighted the importance of the media in getting Saudi Arabia’s messages across.
Due to the G20’s own rules and regulations, not all of the G20 meetings and conferences will be open for members of the media to attend. However, Al-Tunisi told reporters that all of the necessary resources would be made available to them online and at the international media center, and that more press conferences would be held as necessary to bring them up to speed.