Prince Turki bin Talal honored with relief award

Updated 15 March 2013

Prince Turki bin Talal honored with relief award

Prince Turki bin Talal has been designated as the Arab Personality for Relief Activities for his distinguished service in the field humanitarian service.
The Arab Hospitals Federation awarded the honor to the prince at a meeting in Cairo on Thursday.
The federation, which has a membership of 1,000 hospitals in the Arab world, honored the prince in recognition of the services of his organization called “We Answer to the Call initiative” over the past 10 years. It has been undertaking impressive humanitarian activities in Palestine and Lebanon besides its services to the Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The meeting coincided with the meeting of the Council of Arab Health Ministers, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
On the occasion of receiving the award, the prince said his initiative went beyond offering relief assistance to building bridges of relations that extend to the sustainable development.
He said the initiative aims to strengthen the principle of helping suffering humanity driven forward by the principle that ‘negligence to help while you can is tantamount to is a betrayal and sin.’
The initiative involves voluntary service of Saudi and Arab volunteers and their supporting partners who believe in the principle of social responsibility. He added that the AGFUND program is in the forefront of their services.
He stressed the need for launching an Arab organization for relief with the approval of international organizations and free from bureaucratic hurdles.
The prince also lamented the poor level of Arab relief assistance which is not enough to deal with calamities compared to the services of united nation’s and international organizations working professionally in this field and stressed the need for a will to make Arabs a dependable force in the world of humanitarian activities.

DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

Updated 06 August 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

  • The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has lauded the Kingdom for its successful and safe organization of the curtailed Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season and expressed his appreciation for the country’s generosity.

“On behalf of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, I extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha,” Abizaid said in a statement.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for the care and services provided to the specially selected group of around 1,000 pilgrims of various nationalities allowed to perform Hajj.

“I would also like to express our deep appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, and Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for the government’s actions to protect the health of those participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

“I also extend our gratitude to the people of Saudi Arabia for their kind hospitality, friendship, and generosity during Eid and throughout the eight decades of our two countries’ close partnership. May the prayers for peace of all people around the world be heard,” he added.

Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) also commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in organizing Hajj.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims and said the preventive measures had set an example for other countries to follow in working toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions.