Saudi Arabia affirms its continued support for humanitarian relief


Saudi Gazette report

THE Kingdom has affirmed its continued support for every matter that will advance humanitarian contributions by providing assistance to all needy peoples without exception or discrimination.

The reiteration of the Kingdom’s stand came in a speech delivered by Ambassador Abdullah Bin Yahya Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, at the meeting of the Humanitarian Affairs Section of the United Nations Economic and Social Council at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday.

"In view of great challenges and difficulties facing the international community in seeking to enhance the humanitarian response to children in areas of armed conflict, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has established several projects, notably the rehabilitation of children recruited in Yemen by Houthi coup militias in battlefields,’’ he was quoted as saying by Saudi Press Agency.

Ambassador Al-Mouallimi noted that the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have provided $1 billion, including $930 million for the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and $70 million for road and port repairs. Kuwait has also provided $250 million to the United Nations Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) in 2018 in cooperation with its partners in the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen.

Al-Mouallimi pointed to the Kingdom's initiative to launch a comprehensive humanitarian operation in Yemen for those affected by Cyclone Mecunu by assisting Socotra Governorate through sending four aircraft laden with 127 ton of relief and therapeutic materials, 500 tents, 300 blankets and 1,000 carpets. King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has pledged to treat wounded Yemenis who were transferred to Jeddah by Arab Coalition Forces.

Al-Mouallimi added: "In the past five months, the Kingdom through King Salman Center has also provided $1.7 billion to finance more than 419 projects for 37 beneficiary countries, stressing that the Kingdom is considered a key partner in international development and this assistance represents a major aspect of the Kingdom's foreign policy.”