KSrelief Team Delivers 100 Tons of Food Aid to Niger

Time: 15 December 2020

NIGER: Today, a field team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) delivered 100 tons of food aid to flood-affected residents of Niger. The delivery ceremony was attended by a representative from Niger’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sherif Kaka, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Niger, Turki bin Naji Al Ali, a delegate from the Saudi Ministry of Finance, and the visiting KSrelief team. The ceremony was held at the warehouses of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in the Niger capital, Niamey. The food aid will be distributed to the cities of Tahoua, Moradi, Zinder and Diffa, and will provide urgent nutritional assistance to 18,627 people.

Ambassador Al Ali explained that the aid was being provided as a result of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to providing humanitarian relief to people in need around the world. He also lauded the strong ties between Saudi Arabia and Niger.

Mr. Kaka expressed his thanks and appreciation to the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, for providing urgent food aid to Niger flood victims, a gesture which, he said, underscored the Kingdom’s role as a leading global humanitarian donor.

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Mona Obaid, medical director for KSA at Eli Lilly and Co

Time:15 December 2020

Mona Obaid

Dr. Mona Talib Obaid was recently appointed medical director for KSA at Eli Lilly and Co. She has become the first Saudi woman to hold a top leadership position in the Kingdom’s pharmaceutical sector.
Obaid received her MBBS from King Saud University in 2001. She is also board certified by the Saudi Internal Medicine Board.
Obaid completed a fellowship at the Royal College of Physicians in the UK in 2006.
She received certifications from the Canadian Board of Adult Neurology. Obaid then completed two fellowships. The first was in movement disorders from the University of Alberta, Canada, and the second in deep brain stimulation from the University of Joseph Fourier, France.
Obaid, who is a board member of the Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association and the Saudi Neurology Society, was a consultant neurologist at King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh. Moreover, she is also a scientific member on the neurology board at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. Obaid has also worked with the Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group.
In September 2020, she attended an executive women’s leadership program, called Pioneer, designed by the Healthcare Leadership Academy for senior women leaders.
Its purpose was to build and sustain the leadership and change management knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to support the transformation agenda facing the health sector. The program was the first of its kind in the Kingdom.
In 2014, she was honored as the most compassionate physician at KFMC’s National Neuroscience Institute. She also received a letter of recognition for her active participation in the Saudi Parkinson Society three years later.
Obaid recently participated as a speaker at the virtual Congress 2020 of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), a professional society of clinicians and healthcare professionals.

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Political solution ‘only way’ to end Syrian war: Saudi foreign minister

Time: 30 June, 2020

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan was addressing the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region.” (SPA)
  • “A political solution would be the only way to put an end to the war,” Saudi FM says

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday told a high-profile international conference that only political dialogue could resolve the crisis in Syria.

Speaking at the virtual meeting, co-chaired by the EU and the UN, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, said: “A political solution, in line with the (UN) Security Council’s Resolution 2254 (calling for a cease-fire and political settlement in Syria) and the Geneva 1 Conference, would be the only way to put an end to the war.”

He was addressing the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” being held 10 years after the start of the Syrian conflict which has devastated the country and resulted in major issues surrounding regional and international security and stability.

Prince Faisal reiterated the Kingdom’s full support for the efforts of the UN, its special envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, the resumption of the work of the constitutional committee, and all initiatives aimed at stopping the fighting in Syria.

“As part of its contribution to a political solution, the Kingdom hosted the Riyadh 1 and 2 conferences, which led to the establishment of the Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC) and will continue to work on unifying the Syrian opposition.

“Iran continues to pose a significant threat to Syria’s future and identity. If some international parties have interests, Iran has a dangerous regional project, which aims to dominate using sectarian militias and causing civil wars that destroy peoples and homelands,” the prince said.

He pointed out that sectarian militias and terrorist groups were “two sides of the same coin,” creating chaos and destruction, and prolonging the crises and he stressed the importance of combating terrorist organizations in all forms.

“The Kingdom has contributed to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people by hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian brothers on its territory. They are treated as equals to Saudi citizens when it comes to job opportunities and healthcare services, while more than 100,000 Syrian students are enrolled in Saudi schools and universities,” the minister added.

Saudi Arabia has to date contributed $1.150 billion to support programs to help millions of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon carried out by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in coordination with the concerned governments.

Prince Faisal told conference delegates that the reconstruction of Syria was dependent on launching a real political settlement process led by the UN, because the repatriation of refugees required “ensuring the necessary conditions to their return according to international standards acknowledged by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.”

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