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Saudi Arabia to Host Virtual Donors Conference on Yemen next Week

Saudi Arabia to Host Virtual Donors Conference on Yemen next Week

Friday, 29 May, 2020 - 17:00
A general view of the Saudi capital Riyadh during curfew imposed over the coronavirus on Eid al-Fitr. (SPA)
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At the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Saudi Arabia will host on Tuesday a virtual donors conference on Yemen, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

Yemen’s Donors 2020 will be hosted in Riyadh with the collaboration of the United Nations to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and funds to meet basic needs there.

Saudi Arabia is calling all donor nations to move fast and back efforts to aid the Yemeni people.

The UN aspires to raise $2.4 billion for the world’s biggest aid operation.

The opening speech at the conference will be delivered by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah.

“If we don’t get the funding we need and if more isn’t done to suppress the virus, COVID-19 could engulf Yemen,” said Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, in a statement.

Yemen reported as of Thursday 281 infections and 55 deaths, amounting to a fatality rate of 20 percent, compared to a global average estimated by the United Nations at 7 percent.

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