The World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday thanked Saudi Arabia for “providing effective food support” to the Yemeni people through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief).
The Saudi aid center and WFP signed an agreement to support food security to the most affected people in Yemen, who “are exposed to all kinds of suffering and deprivation,” said David Beasley, executive director of WFP.
In a press statement, Beasley stressed that the Kingdom’s donation, through KSrelief, “will undoubtedly help avert famine in Yemen, and will feed at least 2.2 million people.
He further praised the strategic partnership between the Riyadh-based center and the WFP.
“We have a lot of work to do now and in the future, and this agreement will provide us with the tremendous support we need,” Beasley noted.
“This support will make a big difference because the pandemic has greatly affected vulnerable groups and exacerbated the problem of famine in the world and Yemen is one of the countries that suffers from the most difficult living conditions.”
On Tuesday, KSrelief and WFP signed in Riyadh the Joint Cooperation Agreement to improve food security for the most affected families in some areas of Yemen. The agreement will benefit 2,333,333 individuals at a cost of $40,000,000 to prevent famine and malnutrition.
The agreement was signed by Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, and Beasley.
For his part, Al Rabeeah stressed that the Kingdom has reached a pioneering role in global relief and humanitarian work.
Throughout its history, Saudi Arabia has extended the hand of support to brotherly and friendly countries based on its belief in the importance of humanitarian work, he noted.
He also affirmed that the Yemeni people’s humanitarian needs are a priority for the Kingdom, adding that Saudi Arabia is the greatest supporter and financier of humanitarian response plans for Yemen.