Saudi aid chief meets World Bank Group delegation in Riyadh

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The agreement was signed by Aqeel Al-Ghamdi and Ziyad bin Abdullah Al-Suwaidan in Riyadh. (SPA)
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KSrelief chief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah met with a delegation from the Executive Board of the World Bank Group in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Updated 10 December 2023
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Saudi aid chief meets World Bank Group delegation in Riyadh

  • KSrelief signs global volunteer program agreement to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), met with a delegation from the Executive Board of the World Bank Group in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
Al-Rabeeah, who is also the adviser at the Royal Court, briefed the visiting delegation about the relief and humanitarian efforts undertaken by the Kingdom through KSrelief in various parts of the world.
He said that the center had implemented 2,625 humanitarian and relief projects in 94 countries worldwide, exceeding $6.483 billion in food security, health, education, shelter, support, and coordination of humanitarian operations, water, environmental sanitation, and protection sectors.
It has also cooperated with 175 international, regional, and local partners, he added.
Al-Rabeeah highlighted some of KSrelief’s specific projects, such as the “Masam” project to clear land mines in Yemen, the prosthetic limbs program, and the rehabilitation project for Yemeni children conscripted into war.
He discussed some implemented initiatives, such as relief and volunteer platforms and international documentation and registration, such as the Saudi aid platform, the aid platform provided to refugees in the Kingdom, the external volunteering platform, and the electronic donation platform “Sahem.”
He reviewed the efforts undertaken by Saudi Arabia in volunteer work through the center, which has conducted 514 programs in 38 countries, with more than 139,000 surgical operations performed.
The visiting delegation praised the mechanism used by the center to implement its humanitarian and relief work and its support for the work of the needy and affected people worldwide.

Meanwhile, KSrelief has signed a joint cooperation agreement with the Al-Ramdi Association in Dammam to implement volunteer programs outside the Kingdom.

The agreement was signed at the KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh, by its assistant supervisor general director for planning and development Aqeel Al-Ghamdi and Ziyad bin Abdullah Al-Suwaidan, chairman of Al-Ramdi’s board of directors.

The agreement is part of KSrelief’s efforts to support volunteer programs in a number of countries around the world, and to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for integration between various national authorities.

 

 


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RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Chinese counterpart on Monday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the call, Prince Faisal and Wang Yi discussed developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, the recent escalation in the region, the importance of joint coordination, and efforts to prevent the aggravation of the situation.

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Sharif and Al-Issa then laid the foundation stone for a branch of the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization, an extension of its main headquarters in Madinah.

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Sharif praised the pivotal role played by the MWL in advancing Qur’anic education, highlighting the stature of the Kingdom and its leadership in the global Islamic sphere.

He underscored Pakistan’s embrace of the forthcoming Museum of the Prophet’s Biography, recognizing its potential to advance Islamic principles worldwide and deepen understanding of Prophet Muhammad’s life.

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  • Prince Faisal leads high-level delegation to consult on next stages of investment and issues of implementation
  • Pakistani state media reported that Saudi Arabia was likely to invest $1bn in a mine project in Balochistan province

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in Pakistan on Monday on a two-day visit aimed at enhancing bilateral economic cooperation, with local media widely showing footage of him being received by Pakistani Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar.

The Saudi foreign minister’s visit comes a little over a week after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Makkah and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to expedite an investment package worth $5 billion that was previously discussed. 

On his arrival at the Nur Khan air base in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, the Saudi foreign minister, who is leading a high-level delegation comprising several top ministers, was given a red-carpet welcome by Pakistani officials.

“A week after Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia (April 6-8), a high-level delegation of Saudi Arabia is coming to Pakistan,” the Pakistani Information Ministry said in a statement.

“The Saudi delegation will consult on the next stages of investment and implementation issues,” the statement added, saying Saudi Arabia’s planned investment in the Reko Diq gold and copper mining project would also be discussed during the visit.

On Sunday, Pakistani state media reported that Saudi Arabia was likely to invest $1 billion in the mine project in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, one of the world’s largest underdeveloped copper-gold areas.

Riyadh was also interested in investing in agriculture, trade, energy, minerals, IT, transport and other sectors in Pakistan, the statement said.

“As a result of this visit, Pakistan’s export capacity will increase, joint ventures will be launched and new opportunities will be paved.”

The Pakistani foreign office said last week that the Saudi delegation would comprise the foreign minister, minister of water and agriculture, minister of industry and mineral resources and deputy minister of investment, as well as senior officials from the Saudi energy ministry.

The Saudi delegation is expected to hold meetings with the Pakistani president, the prime minister, the foreign minister and other ministers, as well as the army chief and members of the apex committee of Pakistan’s Special Investment Facilitation Council, set up last year to oversee all foreign funding.