Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter sets up first blood donation campaign

The campaign attracted ambassadors, diplomatic corps employees and their families, in addition to citizens and residents. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
Updated 23 July 2019

Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter sets up first blood donation campaign

  • It aims to boost the authority’s role in society by supporting patients and hospitals

RIYADH: The General Authority of the Diplomatic Quarter in cooperation with King Saud University has organized its first blood donation campaign.

It aims to boost the authority’s role in society by supporting patients and hospitals that are in constant need of blood, in accordance with its humanitarian role and social responsibility. It promotes the authority’s partnership with the Ministry of Health and supports its efforts to provide blood units for every person in need.

The Saudi Ministry of Health launches a campaign each year to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation, highlighting the role it plays in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients awaiting surgical operations.

Blood banks in Saudi Arabia and the region still face difficulties, and many government and private entities work to meet the needs of government and private hospitals to maintain blood reserves.

“We are always working to serve the nation and bear a responsibility toward every citizen and resident, which comes in line with the authority’s national role and the efforts to realize the leadership’s ambitions,” the authority’s Executive Chairman Dr. Fahd bin Mushayt said.

He said that the campaign was part of the efforts exerted at the Diplomatic Quarter to keep pace with the development of the Kingdom.

The campaign attracted ambassadors, diplomatic corps employees and their families, in addition to citizens and residents.

Mushayt expressed his gratitude to all those who had donated blood and contributed to the campaign’s success.


Saudi leadership condemns Florida Navy base shooting

Updated 5 min 47 sec ago

Saudi leadership condemns Florida Navy base shooting

  • King orders Saudi security agencies to cooperate with US investigators to bring about a speedy resolution to the incident
  • Three people were killed and several injured in the attack at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman called US President Donald Trump on Friday to offer his sincere condolences after three Americans were killed during an attack by a Saudi student at a US naval base in Pensacola, Florida.

The king offered his sympathies to the families and friends of the victims and said he prays for the quick recovery of those injured during the attack.

King Salman said the culprit, a Saudi air force trainee, does not represent the Saudi people, “who have utmost respect for the American people.”

King Salman said Saudi Arabia stands by the US in its hour of grief, and that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the gunman, and that this person in no way, shape or form, represents the feelings of the Saudi people.

King Salman ordered Saudi security services to cooperate fully with the relevant American agencies to share all information that will help to reveal the circumstances surrounding the shootings.

Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said: “My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to the American people, and to the families of those effected by the tragedy that unfolded at Pensacola.”

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar said her thoughts are with the families of those effected by the shooting.

“The Saudi people are united in their condemnation of this crime,” she said. “We stand in solidarity with our American friends during these difficult times.”

 

 

Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the foreign minister, described the shooting as a “heinous crime.”

“The Kingdom expresses its deepest condolences to the families of victims, and to the American people. We salute the bravery of those who neutralized the threat and saved lives,” he said.

 

 

Deputy Minister of Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman also extended his condolences to those effected.

He said that like many Saudi military personnel he was trained in a US military base.
“We used that valuable training to fight side by side with our American allies against terrorism and other threats,” Prince Khalid said on Twitter.

“A large number of Saudi graduates of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola moved on to serve with their US counterparts in battlefronts around the world, helping to safeguard regional and global security. Today's tragic event is strongly condemned by everyone in Saudi Arabia.”