KSrelief SG: Saudi Arabia takes a leading role in humanitarian and relief work
Advisor to Royal Court and Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, has stressed that the Kingdom, through its long history has taken a leading role in humanitarian and relief works through serving needy countries of the world in recognition of the importance of this role in alleviating human sufferings and ensuring a decent life for the needy where the foreign aid provided by the Kingdom amounted to 65.9 billion US dollars between 1994 - 2014 constituting 1.90% of the ratio of official development assistance of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which exceeds the United Nations target for assistance for development estimated at 0.70%.
This came during his meeting with a number of French journalists in the capital Paris, where Dr. Al Rabeeah stressed the Keenness of the leadership to consolidate the relief work as the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, issued directives to establish King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief center on May 13, 2015, as an international monument dedicated to humanitarian work to consolidate the Kingdom's external relief efforts under one umbrella in accordance with noble humanitarian objectives and principles.
Dr. Al Rabeeah said that the center has managed to implement 419 projects covering 40 countries around the world with a total value of US $ one billion and 718,000, and Yemen has received the largest share as the projects have reached 260 projects including various sectors .
On the humanitarian situation in Syria, Dr. Al Rabeeah explained that the Kingdom provided through the center 303 humanitarian projects for internally displaced people and refugees, including various relief and humanitarian sectors, as well as the Kingdom's pledge of US $ 100 million during Syria Donor Conference in Brussels in April 2018.
In addition, the Center provided over 80 humanitarian projects to beneficiaries in Somalia, Tajikistan, Iraq, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia and Mauritania, reaching more than US $ 16 million in addition to distribution of 6407 tons of dates to a number of affrican countries with an amount of US $ 15 million and 356,000 through 2016-2017 annual date distribution project as a gift provided by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in collaboration with the World Food Program, Al Rabeeah added.
Dr. Al Rabeeah pointed to the efforts of the Kingdom to host refugee visitors within the Kingdom, as they reached 561,911 Yemenis, 262,573 Syrians, 249,669 people from Myanmar which is equivalent to 5.26% of the Kingdom's citizens.
Advisor- Royal Court and KSrelief Supervisor General has praised the inauguration of the Saudi aid platform by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, which is the first platform in the region of this magnitude to show relief, humanitarian and development efforts being contributed by the Kingdom and participated by many ministries and concerned authorities in the Kingdom.
On the plan of comprehensive humanitarian operations in Yemen, Dr. Al Rabeeah said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the rest of the coalition countries launched in early 2018 the plan to alleviate the suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people in all governorates as the contributions provided by the Kingdom reached $ 500 million for Yemen in 2018, handed over to the United Nations.