Fourth plane in Saudi airlift arrives in China’s quake-stricken Sichuan Province

May 24, 2008

The fourth relief plane in a Saudi airlift to aid victims of the deadly May 12 earthquake arrived today in China’s Sichuan Province. The plane carried 64 tons of supplies including foodstuffs and tents.

Saudi Arabia began airlifting relief supplies into Sichuan Province May 20 after the devastating quake destroyed much of the province. Two additional planes arrived at Chengdu Airport May 21 with 123 tons of foodstuffs, blankets, tents and rugs. To date, the airlift has delivered 260 tons of relief aid to Sichuan.

The airlift is in additional to $50 million in urgent assistance provided by Saudi Arabia to China on the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

In related news, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal met with Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhai Jun in Jeddah today to discuss issues of mutual interest.

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