Saudi promises $430m for Yemen
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Saudi Arabia has pledged $430 million to fund the United Nations Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2021, the Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah said on Monday.
The announcement was made during the Yemen High-Level Pledging Event 2021, which was convened virtually and co-hosted by Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Nations to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Opening remarks at the event were delivered by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres among others. For the past six years, Saudi Arabia has been the leading donor of humanitarian assistance to Yemen.
Dr. Al Rabeeah, who is also an adviser at the Saudi Royal Court, said: “ Today, we hope that we can reach solutions that are more sustainable and effective in alleviating human suffering in Yemen.”
Highlighting the humanitarian efforts of Saudi Arabia ever since its foundation, Dr. Al Rabeeah said: “Since unification by its founder, King Abdulaziz, the Kingdom of has always centered its relationships with other countries and people on a set of values and principles that embrace peace, harmony, and cooperation.
“The Kingdom has provided impartial support and assistance to millions of people in need and has shared with the rest of the donor community the noble goal and responsibility of reducing the effects of humanitarian crises. Saudi Arabia ranks among the top donor countries providing humanitarian aid at the regional and international levels to countries in need, particularly Yemen.”
Drawing the attention of the global community toward the atrocities committed by the Iran-backed Al Houthi militia against Yemeni civilians, the KSrelief supervisor general said: “We are meeting today amidst the ongoing humanitarian crisis Yemen has already been facing, along with all of the additional economic, health and political challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created there.”