U.N. expresses gratitude for Kingdom’s $500 million donation for Iraq

July 2, 2014

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed his organization’s deep gratitude for Saudi Arabia’s provision of $500 million for humanitarian relief efforts in Iraq. “The Secretary-General acknowledges the leadership and initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud,” Ban’s office said in a statement released yesterday. “The Secretary-General welcomes the timely funding, which will enable the United Nations and its partners to support the millions of Iraqi men, women and children whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict.”

United Nations Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos also commended King Abdullah for his directive to provide the $500 million donation. In a statement, she noted that the assistance comes at a critical time and will enable the U.N.’s humanitarian agencies to strengthen efforts to prevent the spread of disease in Iraq, support displaced families, and provide clean water, food and vital relief materials. Amos added that the assistance is a strong sign of solidarity with the Iraqi people, who are confronting harsh conditions.