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Saudi Arabia transfers $50 million to UNRWA

Dec. 29, 2018 4:51 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 11:42 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Saudi Arabia transferred $50 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) that it had pledged during UNRWA's Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl visit to Saudi Arabia on 28 November.

Krahenbuhl had signed an agreement with Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSC), in support of UNRWA’s core health, education and social services in 2018.

A press release by UNRWA press release said that this very generous and crucial contribution confirms the unprecedented mobilization of support by donors and partners worldwide this year to help UNRWA to overcome its worst financial crisis ever.

Krahenbuhl expressed his deep recognition and gratitude for the disbursement of this remarkable financial support, said UNRWA press release, which comes in fulfillment of the pledge made by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during the Arab summit in April.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous support consistently provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in recent years. The exemplary 2018 donation of $450 million to UNRWA’s core services is a new milestone in our important cooperation,” said Krahenbuhl.

Saudi Arabia, along with its humanitarian and development bodies, is a valued partner to UNRWA. This year alone, the Kingdom has contributed over $160 million towards the Agency including projects across its five fields of operations making it one of the largest donors to UNRWA’s work for Palestine refugees.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center was established on 13 May 2015, under the high patronage and guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, aiming to provide humanitarian aid and relief to those in need outside of the Kingdom’s borders. The Center has provided humanitarian and development aid to more than 37 countries through international, regional and local partners in place.
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