Saudi Arabia, UAE send 95 tons of relief aid to flood-hit Iranians

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The plane will deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials. (Courtesy: WAM)
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The plane will deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials. (Courtesy: WAM)
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The plane will deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials. (Courtesy: WAM)
Updated 18 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE send 95 tons of relief aid to flood-hit Iranians

  • The plane was accompanied by a delegation from the Red Crescent to deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have sent a relief plane to Tehran carrying 95 tons of relief items to support flooding victims as part of the joint UAE-Saudi initiative to alleviate the suffering of Iranians.

The plane was accompanied by a delegation from the Red Crescent to deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials.

Iran’s worst flooding in 70 years started on March 19 and has killed at least 76 people. It has forced more than 220,000 into emergency shelters and caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and farmland.

The two countries said the Iran relief operation was a reflection of their approach to stand by those affected by humanitarian crises and natural disasters everywhere, and at any time.

“The instructions of King Salman embody the ties of brotherhood that link Saudi Arabia to the Iranian people,” Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qasem, president of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA), said.

The SRCA has assigned a team to supervise the preparation of logistics and food in collaboration with its UAE counterpart.

The northeast of Iran was first to be hit by floods before the west and southwest were inundated on March 25. On April 1, the west and southwest were again engulfed after heavy rain returned.

Tehran has told its citizens, especially flood-affected farmers, that all losses will be compensated.

(With SPA)


Saudi deputy defense minister arrives in Russia for official visit

Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi deputy defense minister arrives in Russia for official visit

  • Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali and other high ranking officials

MOSCOW: A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.