Saudi Ambassador: Aid to China given out of friendship, humanitarian concern

May 28, 2008

Saudi Ambassador to China Yahya Alzayd said that the Kingdom donated funds and relief supplies to China's earthquake-ravaged zone out of “close friendship” and “humanitarian concern,” China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday.

“When we heard the news of the massive earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province, we felt deeply sorry,” Alzayd told Xinhua.

Ambassador Alzayd said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the government and people of Saudi Arabia sympathized with the Chinese people affected by the disastrous quake and were willing to share their woes. 

“King Abdullah who harbors friendly affection to China and its people, instantly decided to make donations to the quake-hit zone on behalf of the government and people of Saudi Arabia,” the ambassador told Xinhua.

“We made the donations out of humanitarian concern and the close friendship between the two nations and peoples.”

Saudi Arabia donated $50 million in urgent assistance and $10 million in relief supplies to China following the quake. The Saudi airlift began delivering the relief supplies – including foodstuffs, blankets, tents and rugs – to hard-hit Sichuan Province on May 20. To date, the airlift has delivered 260 tons of relief aid to Sichuan.