Saudi Gazette – Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $75 million to support refugees in coordination with international organizations.
This was announced by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, at a summit on refugees and the financing of humanitarian operations here on Tuesday evening.
The summit was organized by US President Barack Obama at the United Nations headquarters on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.
The Crown Prince highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts in relief work and humanitarian aid.
He said that Saudi Arabia is hosting more 2.5 million Syrians. It has been careful not to treat them as refugees or asylum seekers so as to preserve their dignity and safety.
The Kingdom has given them the opportunity to stay, work and get free education and health care.
The Crown Prince said the Kingdom provided support and care to millions of Syrian refugees in Syria’s neighboring countries with more than $800 million in assistance in addition to the aid provided by Saudi citizens on many occasions.
He added that for the Yemeni brethren who sought refuge in the Kingdom are considered as visitors. They have been provided a lot of facilities, including exclusion from residence and work regulations.
The Crown Prince stated that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered the establishment of the King Salman Center of Relief and Humanitarian Aid in 2015.
The Center’s establishment emanates from Islamic teachings, which urge to help the needy and the affected people as well as to protect human life, dignity and health.
The Crown Prince said that the Kingdom provided $59 million in assistance earlier this year to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), committed $30 million for assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan, in addition to the Kingdom’s pledge to provided $50 million to the Indonesian government to support the Rohingya refugees in Indonesia.