Saudi Arabia announces $345 million in aid at Syria Donor Conference
January 30, 2013
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah opened the International Donors Conference for Syria today with the participation of 59 countries and 13 organizations and humanitarian and relief agencies of the United Nations. The Saudi delegation is being led by Minister of Finance Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf.
During his address to the conference, Al-Assaf announced that, in line with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Kingdom is providing $345 million in assistance to the Syrian people. A total of $125 million will be used to provide aid in coordination with a number of U.N. agencies. The remaining $225 million, Al-Assaf said, “will be spent in the coming period in cooperation with the countries neighboring Syria and various U.N. organizations.” He added that $100 million worth of in-kind humanitarian assistance has been provided, including tents, food, medicines and medical supplies, and 2,500 houses.
The Saudi Finance Minister continued, “Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the Kingdom [has taken the initiative] to help and support the Syrian refugees. The number of the people affected by the tragic situation in Syria has amounted to four million people inside Syria and more than 600,000 refugees outside Syria who live under tragic living conditions and bad climatic conditions.”
Al-Assaf stressed the importance of standing together in support the Syrian people and expressed appreciation to Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for hosting and organizing the donor conference in Kuwait.