Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom Sign a $5 Million Deal to Fight Malnutrition in Somalia

Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom Sign a $5 Million Deal to Fight Malnutrition in Somalia

RIYADH: On Monday, the Saudi aid agency KSrelief and the United Kingdom signed a $5 million cooperation agreement with UNICEF to combat malnutrition in Somalia.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSrelief General Supervisor, and Andrew Mitchell, British Minister for Development and Africa, signed the agreement at the agency’s headquarters in Riyadh, according to the Saudi Press Agency. KSrelief and the British Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office will contribute $2.5 million to UNICEF.

The funds will provide nutrition services, water, and personal hygiene supplies to 101,000 Somali children living in 15 high-risk areas. The agreement is part of a larger framework of joint humanitarian and relief projects between the Kingdom and the FCDO to alleviate the suffering of the Somali people.

The announcement came as part of the second annual UK-Saudi Strategic Dialogue on Humanitarian Aid and International Development, which, according to the FCDO, also focused on “providing more aid into Gaza and encouraging progress towards peace in Sudan.

The two countries have already committed $22 million in joint funding to deliver critical aid, famine relief, and humanitarian assistance in Somalia and Sudan.

According to the FCDO, other cooperation programs through KSrelief and the Saudi Fund for Development were scheduled to be implemented in Sudan, Yemen, Bangladesh, and Ukraine.

We look forward to enhancing our technical experience and capacity building by building on the strong foundation established during our previous dialogue, which provides an invaluable opportunity to solidify our future direction, explore new areas of cooperation, and further demonstrate the transformative potential of our partnership.” Al-Rabeeah explained.

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