Saudi aid agency eyes 2,400 surgeries in fight against blindness in Yemen

Time: 08 July 2021


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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)


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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

KSrelief medical team has performed 286 eye surgeries so far
Agency’s food relief and potable water programs also continuing
ADEN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) is continuing its campaign in Aden to combat blindness and its causes, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

A KSrelief medical team has examined 309 patients, performed 286 surgeries, provided 286 pairs of glasses, and dispensed 286 prescriptions since the campaign was launched.

The campaign helps families and individuals of limited income who cannot afford treatment costs. It falls within Saudi Arabia’s projects, being implemented through KSrelief, to combat blindness in Yemen.

The aim is to perform more than 2,400 eye surgeries to combat blindness.


KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)
Al-Jaada Health Center clinics in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate have continued providing treatment services for patients with the support of KSrelief.

In one week, the clinics received 1,809 patients with various health conditions, provided them with the necessary medical services, and dispensed 1,288 prescriptions.

KSrelief distributed more than 20 tons of food baskets to displaced and needy families in Al-Mahrah governorate, helping 1,100 individuals and 190 families, and provided services for a child soldier rehabilitation project in Marib governorate.

There were individual and group sessions, as well as activities in psychological, cultural, social, educational, and sports rehabilitation.

The project falls within the humanitarian inititatives being carried out by KSrelief to rehabilitate children recruited by the Houthis.


KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)
KSrelief, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, also held a water quality monitoring training course in Aden governorate.

The two-day course aims to train 30 technicians and engineers from the National Water Authority, and its branches in a number of Yemeni governorates, on the use of water biological testing devices in areas with a high risk of communicable disease and acquiring water purification skills.

KSrelief handed over 11 biological devices to test and purify water and combat cholera to course participants.

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Jameel family committed to making world a better place

Time: 08 June 2021

Participants at last year’s Startups Investment Forum organized by MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia and Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel.

Marking 75 years of commercial operations — and three quarters of a century of associated philanthropy — the Jameel family has reinforced its commitment to driving positive change and thereby realizing the potential of people, business and communities — the guiding principles pioneered by the business’ founder, the late Abdul Latif Jameel, since its beginnings in the mid-1940s. In doing so, the Jameel family has underlined its ongoing contribution toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

A new animated video illustrates numerous achievements of the globally diversified family business Abdul Latif Jameel, their global investment arm JIMCO, and the family’s philanthropic and community activities, including Bab Rizq Jameel, Art Jameel, Community Jameel Saudi, and Community Jameel.

In 2015, UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, creating a shared blueprint for global peace and prosperity. Acknowledging that governments alone cannot accomplish these ambitious goals, the Jameel family has built diverse and wide-ranging alliances based on respect, shared values, and a mutual vision of creating tangible impact toward achieving the SDGs.

Mohammed Jameel KBE, chairman and chief executive of Abdul Latif Jameel, founder and chairman of Bab Rizq Jameel, and founder and chairman of Community Jameel Saudi and Community Jameel, said: “I am proud of the way in which we do business, and of our commitment to continuous improvement. Through this commitment we aim to make the world a better place for all by investing in the infrastructure of life. With this in mind, I believe we can contribute to the 17 SDGs, but for some, we can have a more immediate and direct impact, and it’s here that we place our emphasis.

“We continue to invest in a range of exciting areas, such as the future of mobility, renewable energy, energy storage, water projects and health-tech. Likewise we continue with our philanthropic efforts to make a significant difference in addressing some of mankind’s greatest global challenges.”

Fady Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, chairman and founder of Art Jameel, and vice chairman of Bab Rizq Jameel, Community Jameel Saudi and Community Jameel, said: “It is clear that to create the future we want and need, private capital, both directly and in public-private partnerships, has the ability to create positive real-life impact. Whether this impact is created by achieving commercial goals or through philanthropic work, these pursuits can be followed in a manner in which the world can truly prosper.”

Hassan Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, and vice chairman of Bab Rizq Jameel, Community Jameel Saudi and Community Jameel, added: “Collaborative partnerships are the key to achieving the ambitions of the SDGs. Our aim is to partner with philanthropic organizations and invest in companies that share this commitment to driving transformational impact and reach these global goals.”

Alongside Bab Rizq Jameel, Art Jameel, Community Jameel Saudi, and Community Jameel and other philanthropic partnerships, the family continues its activities to address some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, which are aligned toward achieving the UN’s SDGs. This effort includes working with leaders, community organizations, art foundations and youth to improve the quality of life around the world.

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Princess Reema highlights strong Saudi-US ties during key webinar

Time: 01 June 2021

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema Bint Bandar said that her goal is to unlock the Kingdom’s untapped potential, uplifting citizens and opening the country to the world socially and economically, as well as culturally.

She made these remarks carried by The Washington Diplomat, a US-based premier source of news and information for the global diplomatic community, recently during an online event, a part of the “Women in Global Leadership” webinar series.

The event, which was moderated by Susan Sloan, author of “A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy and Lessons for the World,” offered a rare peek into the life and worldview of Princess Reema, who is considered to be one of the most powerful women in the Middle East.

Princess Reema, who made history by becoming Saudi Arabia’s first female ambassador, is the daughter of Prince Bandar bin Sultan. She grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia, while her father served as the Kingdom’s ambassador from 1983 to 2005.

Sharing her thoughts about her role model and the experience of her early life in the US, Princess Reema said: “My father remains, I think, the model of a Saudi diplomat. During his 23-year tenure I grew up in the United States. I was immersed in the culture of the US,” she said.

She added: “I’m lucky to have experienced life in both countries because it prepared me not only to work in the kingdom and bring dreams and aspirations of things I saw here but also allowed me to represent my nation.”

Princess Reema as an experienced diplomat emphasized her bipartisan approach with regard to American politics said: “The people I went to school with are now senators and congressman, CEOs, leaders of their countries. But the America I grew up in was not a diplomatic world, because my father did not include us in that.

“We didn’t know who was a Republican and who was a Democrat. We knew them as family,” Bandar said, admitting a shocking revelation: her family was fans of the Dallas Cowboys, not the Redskins, she added.

The Saudi ambassador to the US also talked about how unmindful she was about her Arab background while growing in the US, pointing out she still relishes memories of those times.

“I remember the onslaught of the cicadas. I remember ‘Hands Across America’ and the best of the music and the culture of the 1980s,” Princess Reema said Bandar, adding that she didn’t even know there was an Arab community in the Washington metro area until the age of 15. “My memories of America are memories of joy.”

She said things changed dramatically in the US after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which caused some misgivings but our bilateral relations were too strong to be affected.

“Our partnership has been tested at times,” said Princess Reema, adding: “When I took up my diplomatic post, my father took me aside, and he told me that today’s times are different. He advised me to keep in mind every day what’s at stake, and the responsibility I had to oversee, preserve and strengthen a relationship not bound by any single administration, or defined by any single issue.”

Vowing to further strengthen Saudi Arabia’s relations with the US, Princess Reema said: “It is my goal to explain to the American people why this alliance between our two nations is even more important now than ever before.”

Unfortunately, she said, American views of Saudi culture are often misunderstood, leading to stereotypes and negative publicity — especially when it comes to the country’s abysmal human rights record, its treatment of women, and its strict interpretation of Islam.

“We can’t wait for change to happen. We have to make it happen,” Princess Reema said. “In Saudi Arabia, we’re transforming faster than anyone had ever imagined, and that reform process is real, and it’s here to stay.”

Dismissing concerns over Saudi Arabia’s relations with the current US administration led by President Joe Bide, the Saudi ambassador said: “I very much look forward to working with the Biden administration.”

Princes Reema during the webinar also highlighted the Kingdom Vision 2030, a strategic framework to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy and improve health, education, infrastructure and tourism.

“If we’ve done our job right, after 2030 you’re going to see a country that has a diversified economy, having stepped away from fossil fuels,” she said.

She also referred to Neom, a $500 billion futuristic urban project to house more than a million people on a 10,200-square-mile piece of desert in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

“Neom is the city of the future. That doesn’t mean we’ll have robots walking around, but a clean lifestyle,” Princess Reema said.

“Our future doesn’t have to be bleak. As we’ve seen with COVID-19, all this digital revolution has done is isolate us from each other. Coexistence with people and nature is really what we need.”

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KSrelief continues medical program in Senegal

Time: 30 May 2021

Children from low-income families in need of urgent serious medical assistance are among the intended beneficiaries of KSrelief in Senegal. (SPA)

DAKAR, Senegal: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued its volunteer medical program at Dakar’s Hospital General De Grand Yoff in collaboration with the Muslim World League, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The KSrelief team carried out 16 cardiac catheterization operations on children, with the number of operations on children from low-income families reaching 27 since the program started.

These services, provided by the Kingdom through KSrelief, aim to treat patients with heart diseases and provide them with the necessary medical care.

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Saudi Arabia is sending extra medical oxygen and tankers to India

Saudi Arabia is sending extra medical oxygen and tankers to India as part of a larger aid package for the country to combat the world’s biggest outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

Saudi Arabia supplied 80 tones of liquid oxygen to India, and three additional containers with 60 tones of oxygen are on their way, along with another 100 barrels to distribute them.

Oil Minister Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan expressed his appreciation to Saudi Arabia aid through a tweet “Deeply appreciate HRH Prince Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for offering to send 3 ISO Containers with 60 tons of LMO to Mumbai on June 6, 2021, and also to provide 100 ISO containers in the coming months to support #IndiaFightsCorona”.

Pradhan also reviewed the delivery of medical oxygen and containers with Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz, UAE Minister of Industry Sultan Al Jaber, and Qatar’s Energy Minister Saad Sherida al- Kaabi.

In this context, Pradhan tweeted that “The 3 containers and the additional containers that will come in the weeks ahead will remain with @IndianOilcl for 6 months as a goodwill gesture from the Saudi Government, and IOCL will source LMO from Linde Dammam on commercial terms for import into the country”.

He further stated that his discussion with HRH Prince Abdulaziz, as well as his unwavering support for India’s attempts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, had been fruitful and is indeed a representation of the profound friendship and familial ties between the two countries.

Author: own staff

KSRelief launches medical campaign to combat blindness in Sudan

Time: 25 May 2021

KSRelief has developed 28 projects in Sudan. (KSRelief)

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has partnered with Al-Basar Global Charity Foundation to launch a series of medical projects to combat blindness in Sudan.

The Saudi Ambassador to Sudan Ali bin Hassan Jafar as well as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sudanese Health Ministry Dr. Khaled Hashem attended the launch, along with the regional director of Al-Basar, Dr. Al-Aas Ahmed Kamel.Hassan Jafar said Saudi Arabia supported Sudan in all of its obstacles, stating that the Saudi-Sudanese relations are eternal and firmly rooted, and that humanitarian efforts from the Kingdom are a symbol of the growth and development of the relations.

“Through the establishment of the King Salman Relief Center, the Kingdom has renewed its commitment to its humanitarian and relief efforts and fulfilled its global responsibilities, which made it at the forefront of donor countries in facing health and environmental disasters and conflicts.”

KSRelief has developed 28 projects in Sudan in food security, health, education, water sanitization, hygiene, and camp coordination.

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US envoy meets Saudi crown prince in fresh Yemen peace push

30/04/21

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received Tim Lenderking. (SPA)

Lenderking called the battle for the Marib region the single biggest threat to peace efforts
Lenderking is expected to also travel to Oman
AL-MUKALLA: US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking met Saudi Arabia’s crown prince as he pushes efforts to end Yemen’s civil war.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the diplomat discussed the latest Yemeni developments and reviewed the joint efforts exerted by both countries to reach a comprehensive political solution for the Yemeni crisis.
The meeting was attended by the Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, and the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber.
They were also joined by the chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Riyadh, Martina Strong, and the US Ambassador to Yemen, Christopher Henzel.
Lenderking is expected to also travel to Oman, the US State Department said in a statement.
Lenderking’s “discussions will focus on ensuring the regular and unimpeded delivery of commodities and humanitarian assistance throughout Yemen, promoting a lasting ceasefire, and transitioning the parties to a political process,” the statement said.
Lenderking “will build on the international consensus to halt the Houthi offensive on Marib, which only worsens the humanitarian crisis threatening the Yemeni people,” the State Department said.
Last week, Lenderking called the battle for the Marib region the single biggest threat to peace efforts. He said Iran’s support for the Houthi movement was “quite significant and it’s lethal.”
Separately, a team of US envoys is traveling to the Middle East this week for talks with key allies, a senior US official said, amid simmering concerns in the region about President Joe Biden’s attempt to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.
“A senior interagency delegation will be traveling over the coming week to discuss a number of important matters related to US national security and ongoing efforts toward a de-escalation of tensions in the Middle East region,” the official said.
The delegation will be led by Brett McGurk, the White House National Security Council’s Middle East policy coordinator, and State Department counselor Derek Chollett, a source familiar with the trip said.
While the final itinerary was unclear, there were tentative plans for the team to visit Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Jordan. Bloomberg News was first to report the news of the trip.
Meanwhile, the Houthis dismissed a prosecutor who ordered the release of the abducted Yemeni model Entesar Al-Hammadi as they intimidated her lawyer to quit the case.
Khaled Mohammed Al-Kamal said the Houthi judicial authorities on Wednesday replaced Riyadh Al-Aryani, a prosecutor who questioned the model and found out she was not guilty of a crime and ordered her release, and threatened to put her on trial.
“They want to tell him that he should say she committed a crime instead of ordering her release,” Al-Kamal said, adding that an unidentified man stopped him in the street and threatened to punish him if he continued to defend the model.
“I alerted my colleagues at Yemen Lawyers Union about the death threat. My client is not a criminal and was arrested on the street,” he said.

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Attacks on Saudi Arabia threaten global energy security, Princess Reema bint Bandar warns

11/03/21

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar said the attacks by Iran-backed militias on the Kingdom threaten civilians. (File/Wikipedia)

Lives of innocent civilians at risk from actions of Iran-backed militias, says Princess Reema bint Bandar
‘We are exercising extreme restraint in the face of a daily barrage of weaponized drones and ballistic missiles,’ she adds
LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US said “egregious terrorist attacks” by Iran-backed militias on the Kingdom threatened both civilians and global energy security.
In the most recent incident, Arab coalition forces intercepted a drone targeting an oil tank yard in Ras Tanura Port and a missile heading for an Aramco residential area in Dhahran on Sunday.
The attacks “represent a threat to the stability of global energy supplies, affecting the entire global economy and endangering the lives of Saudi workers in Aramco and thousands more from 80 different nationalities, including Americans,” Princess Reema bint Bandar said on Wednesday.
She added: “We are exercising extreme restraint in the face of a daily barrage of weaponized drones and ballistic missiles.”
The envoy praised the “brave and remarkable efforts” of the Saudi Armed Forces in successfully intercepting more than 526 Houthi drones and more than 346 ballistic missiles, and protecting civilians from all manner of threats.
She said that the situation is distressing because despite the Kingdom’s efforts to resolve the conflict in Yemen, Houthi cross-border attacks have escalated in the past few weeks. In addition, she said, the Iran-backed group has launched an offensive in an attempt to take control of the oil-rich city of Marib, which has been a safe haven for internally displaced people since the conflict began six years ago. The Houthis have also shelled and bombarded the city of Taiz and other Yemeni civilian locations, she added.
“The Kingdom is committed to ending the war in Yemen through a political resolution but on the other side of this conflict is a group driven by the extremist ideology of the Iranian regime,” Princess Reema said.
The Houthi militias continue to disregard the suffering of the people of Yemen and are not interested in serious discussions to resolve the conflict, she added. Meanwhile the Kingdom, from the beginning of the conflict, has shown determination to restore stability and security to the war-torn country through a negotiated settlement, she said.
The Kingdom also supports all UN-led peace initiatives, Princess Reema said, and Saudi officials are actively supporting the work of Martin Griffiths, the UN’s special envoy for Yemen, and Tim Lenderking, the newly appointed US special envoy to the country.
Meanwhile, Iran continues to provide weapons, training and technical support to the Houthis, she said as she called on the international community to take action to prevent the smuggling into Yemen of Iranian weapons that are “being used to terrorize Yemenis and to launch attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia.”
The princess also pointed out that the Houthis have denied UN teams access to carry out emergency repairs on the Safer oil tanker, which has been moored in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen for more than five years. Its condition has deteriorated to the extent that it threatens a catastrophic oil spill, which experts warn could be four times as bad as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster.

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Bahraini FM: We trust Saudi Arabia’s role in promoting Gulf dialogue

28/12/20

Bahrain’s foreign minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani attends the Gulf Arab foreign ministers meeting. (BNA)

  • Gulf countries aim to stand up to interference in their internal affairs: Al-Zayani
  • Foreign ministers meeting comes ahead of summit to discuss steps to end row between Gulf states and Qatar

LONDON: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has confidence in Saudi Arabia’s role in promoting dialogue in the Gulf, Bahrain’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

Speaking during a virtual meeting of Gulf Arab foreign ministers, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said that the Kingdom played an “important role” in beginning a new phase to strengthen Gulf dialogue and bridge the rift in the region.

Gulf countries aim to stand up to interference in their internal affairs and stressed the need to end regional conflicts by peaceful means, Al-Zayani added.

The foreign ministers meeting comes ahead of a summit that will be hosted by Saudi Arabia to discuss steps to end a diplomatic row between Gulf states and Qatar.

The meeting hosted by Bahrain prepared the ground for the 41st session of the GCC Summit which will be held on Jan. 5 in Riyadh, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

Al-Zayani added that GCC countries aim to confront hate speech and violence, and to protect their security.

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