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Saudi efforts for Kosovo relief continue

Yet another plane left Riyadh today headed for Tirana in Albania to help the Kosovar refugees, carrying 13 tons of relief materials including medical equipment.

Yesterday, Chairman of the Saudi Joint Committee for the Relief of Kosovo Dr. Abdulrahman Ibn Abdulaziz Al-Suweilem, who is also head of the Saudi Arabian Red Crescent Society, announced that he had carried out an inspection tour of the Saudi teams working in the field in Albania and in Kosovo itself, and approved the budget of the health care strategy in effect. Current health projects include rebuilding clinics in Kosovo, providing training for medical personnel, equipping hospitals, and creating job opportunities for Kosovar returnees.

Last Thursday, following its 21st meeting in Makkah, the Committee underlined the importance of coordination among all Islamic and international organizations working in Kosovo, as well as consultation with the government and the leadership of the Islamic community in Kosovo, in order to implement the coming phase of rehabilitation of mosques, schools, homes, and public buildings. The meeting recommended work on 190 damaged mosques, publication of school textbooks, and promoting Islamic curricula as a mandatory component in Kosovo schools. The recommendations also covered health, social, rehabilitation, education, and media affairs.