KSRelief chief briefs Italian parliamentarians on Saudi aid efforts in Yemen

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Time: October 24, 2019  

KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets with the officials of the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome. (SPA)

The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met with many members of both houses of the Italian Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic in Rome.

The meeting, titled “support for the people of Yemen,” was launched with a briefing on the political, geographical and humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Al-Rabeeah talked about the historical situation of Yemen and of the strong Saudi-Yemeni relations, stressing the Kingdom’s keenness to support all initiatives that sought to find peaceful solutions before the start of the conflict.

Al-Rabeeah said in his speech that the Kingdom gave Yemen over $16 billion in humanitarian and development aid, in addition to supporting refugees, providing funds to Yemen’s central bank and supporting the Yemeni economy.

He stressed that the Kingdom did not discriminate between Yemeni groups, sects and regions and provided assistance without bias.

“The Kingdom is keen to support the security and stability of the Middle East and North Africa, and strives to ensure the development and security of the region,” he said.

Al-Rabeeah emphasized that the Kingdom called on the international community and the EU to contribute to the achievement of regional stability, and to pressure Iran to end its interference in the internal affairs of states like Yemen.

Italian MPs highlighted the importance of humanitarian action in the country, and expressed their appreciation for the Kingdom’s efforts, through KSRelief, to support the people of Yemen.

They stressed that the best solution was a peaceful solution that guaranteed security and stability, noting the Riyadh’s pivotal role in achieving it in the region.

Representatives of the center also visited Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome, to study the possibility of cooperation between the two sides in the field of treating children and training medics in countries in need of assistance.

They briefed hospital officials on KSRelief’s projects and programs that care for children in different countries in need, especially in Yemen.

Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital is one of the largest and most renowned hospitals specializing in the treatment and surgery of children. It also provides humanitarian and charitable work in many countries.

This article was first published in Arab News

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