JEDDAH – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, concluded a one-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Cousin expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for the generosity and the long-standing partnership between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and WFP in fighting hunger around the world. She saluted the Kingdom on the establishment of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works to deliver aid and assistance to distressed communities.
“As a result of our decades of collaboration, WFP’s partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has helped save millions of lives worldwide. As King Salman, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, requested, we will work with the newly established King Salman Center. Working together we can meet the food needs of hungry, poor people around the world,” said Cousin.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of WFP’s largest donors in the fight against hunger. In 2008, an historic contribution of US$500 million helped feed millions of people affected by high food prices. In 2014 the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed more than US$200 million, providing food for displaced families in Iraq, Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and hungry refugees from South Sudan and Somalia. Most recently Saudi Arabia has pledged a contribution that will cover the full humanitarian appeal for Yemen, including the food needs.
Because of ongoing conflicts, millions of people in the Middle East region face major setbacks in terms of food security, not knowing where their next meal will come from, with more people slipping into hunger every day. Today, WFP aims to feed some 24 million people across the Middle East.
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