Al-Ittihad – The Emirates supports the provision of assistance for peace in Yemen


Riyadh (WAM, SPA Agencies)

The work of the Virtual Donors Conference for Yemen 2020, organized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in partnership with the United Nations, was launched in Riyadh yesterday, under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince.
More than 126 parties, including 66 countries, 15 international organizations, 3 intergovernmental organizations, and more than 39 NGOs, will participate in the conference, in addition to the Islamic Development Bank, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The UAE confirmed that it supports and stands with those who provide assistance for peace in Yemen. The Minister of State for International Cooperation His Excellency Reem Al Hashemi, in a speech before the conference, expressed great appreciation and gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for sponsoring this important conference, and the holding of this conference despite the exceptional circumstances that the world is going through due to the pandemic repercussions of “Covid 19”, but this is not Strangely enough, the Kingdom does not spare an effort to provide all aid to humanitarian crises and disasters, including the Yemeni crisis, which received great attention from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
She also expressed her gratitude to the United Nations, and to all United Nations agencies and humanitarian NGOs, for their efforts in lifting human suffering in the world, especially in Yemen, despite all the challenges and difficulties they face on the ground, noting that the UAE does not delay in providing humanitarian aid and medical materials. To confront the pandemic, in cooperation with international institutions, she said, “We started from March to June with 100 million US dollars and 107 tons of humanitarian aid, via planes that arrived in Yemen on the sixth, tenth and eleventh weeks ago, so the situation has changed greatly and change towards humanitarian aid is something Salt, and therefore we need new mechanisms and innovative approaches to be able to respond effectively to the world’s crisis. ”
Al-Hashemi praised the Kingdom’s efforts to support legitimacy, and efforts to reach a peaceful solution, including Saudi sponsorship, and the UAE supports and stands among those who provide assistance for peace in Yemen.
For his part, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Foreign Minister, affirmed the Kingdom’s keenness to host this virtual conference despite the exceptional circumstances that the whole world is going through due to the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic.
The Foreign Minister appealed to the international community to exert all pressure on the Houthi militias to allow the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) employees access to the site of the “Saffer” floating oil tank, which has more than a million barrels, and is threatened with explosion since they took control of the port of Hodeidah in 2015 to avoid the greatest disaster. Environmental conditions in the Red Sea in the event of an oil spill and its impact on maritime navigation and the global economy, as well as the destruction of cultivated landmines that prevent the arrival of ships carrying aid, not imposing fees on them, and stopping targeting the Red Sea mills in Hodeidah.
He reiterated that Saudi Arabia is keen to support all the efforts made by the United Nations to reach a sustainable political solution to the Yemeni crisis, pointing out that Houthi rejects peace and a ceasefire, noting that the Kingdom has provided Yemen since the beginning of the crisis in September 2014 with a total amount reaching more From 16 billion and 940 million USD.
The Advisor at the Royal Court announced the general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works Abdullah Al-Rabiah, the Kingdom’s commitment to provide $ 500 million to support the humanitarian response plan for Yemen 2020, and the plan to confront “Coved 19” in Yemen, of which $ 300 million is allocated through the agencies and United Nations organizations and the rest of The grant of $ 200 million is implemented through the center and in accordance with its mechanisms in coordination with national, local and international organizations, in addition to adopting the third phase of the “Pore” project to clear Yemen of mines with an amount of $ 30 million.
Mark Lockock, the United Nations humanitarian and emergency relief coordinator, said during the conference that, yesterday, international donors pledged $ 1.35 billion in humanitarian aid to Yemen.
He pointed out that more than 41 programs to provide aid in Yemen will be closed and will end within this year if adequate funding is not provided, indicating that the Corona virus response teams will remain until the end of July, and next month the budget will decrease, and support for health facilities will stop unless they are provided Aid by everyone.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has confirmed that Yemen faces difficult economic and humanitarian conditions, both at the institutional and personal level, especially with the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
Guterres pointed out that the humanitarian situation in Yemen, where it needs humanitarian assistance in this crisis, which is the largest humanitarian, noting that famine and malnutrition threaten the lives of children, along with the displacement of more than 4 million people inside Yemen, in addition to what constitutes the Corona pandemic. From a threat to the lives of more than ten million people and posing a terrifying threat to the healthiest, he said: “We have a difficult time ahead, and now we may face high death rates if we do not act urgently.”
And that the health facilities in Yemen suffer from a shortage of medical devices, especially respirators and ambulances, which exacerbated the crisis of the Coronavirus, and the hospitals that work have no reliable energy sources, pointing out that 50% of the population does not have access to Clean water.
Guterres warned that the closure of more than 30 UN humanitarian programs in Yemen next year due to lack of funding, calling on donors to pay generously and finance urgent humanitarian programs in Yemen.
Guterres stressed the need to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian aid to Yemen, noting that militias should be prevented from “aid piracy”.
In turn, the Yemeni Prime Minister Moein Abdul Malik stressed that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen today more than ever before is in urgent need of a new approach, whether on the level of trends, mechanisms followed, or transparency. He affirmed that the government made repeated public calls to the Houthis to unite efforts to confront the Corona pandemic and adopt unified health policies, and announced for this with the Alliance to Support Legitimacy a unilateral ceasefire, but all these initiatives have received nothing but ignorance and rejection by the Houthis.


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