Time: 19 January, 2020
- Kingdom one of the key supporters of African nation, given historic ties
LONDON: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) said the Kingdom had been one of the largest donors to Sudan, with a total amount of donations exceeding $1.2 billion until 2019, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah stressed that the strong historical ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan made support for the country and people essential.
This came during Al-Rabeeah’s participation in the high-level roundtable meeting in London on the international response to the humanitarian situation in Sudan, co-hosted by the UK, Sweden, and the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Al-Rabeeah said: “The Kingdom appreciates the efforts of the UK, Sweden, and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in organizing this meeting.”
He wished everyone success in establishing funding to meet the humanitarian needs of the Sudanese people, and support social protection and economic reforms to overcome the challenges of the transitional period.
“As the Kingdom is aware of the economic, humanitarian, climatic, and health challenges facing the people of Sudan, it has partnered with the UAE by announcing on April 21, 2019, a package of joint aid worth $3 billion, $500 million of which deposited in the Central Bank of Sudan to support the economy and the currency. Saudi Arabia also increased its investments in Sudan’s private sector,” he added.
Al-Rabeeah pointed out that KSRelief’s 2020 plan includes implementing several medical campaigns in Sudan, two of which are anti-blindness campaigns at a cost of $750,000 and two for heart surgery and catheterizations at a cost of $1.5 million, and for urinary tract surgery at a cost of $1.5 million. The Kingdom was also keen to support Sudan in the economic field to achieve political stability.
Al-Rabeeah said that Saudi Arabia supported international efforts to hold a donor conference for Sudan in 2020, aimed at reaching the largest amount of funding to help the people of Sudan.