In his speech at the conference, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah conveyed greetings from the Keeper of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Highness the Trustworthy Crown Prince – may God protect them – and their appreciation for the efforts of the Swedish Government and the European Union to organize this important conference, through which it aspires to unite the efforts of the international community in providing the necessary support; To enable communities impacted by the devastating earthquake that struck the republics of Syria and Turkey to recover and endure, noting that the Kingdom registers its praise for the resilience of the field teams working to mitigate the aftermath of the earthquake and reconstruction, and regrets the floods witnessed by the Republic of Turkey last Wednesday, which aggravated the conditions of the people affected by the earthquake.
His Excellency said: “The Kingdom has always, throughout its rich history, responded to rapid humanitarian response to natural disasters and crises and met humanitarian needs, which have made it in frontline in countries providing humanitarian support in recent years, away from religious, ethnic, gender and political reasons, and an embodiment of the Kingdom’s lifelong commitment and close solidarity with the affected communities.” Since the earthquake that occurred in Syria and in Turkey, the Keeper of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Crown Prince – may God preserve them – directed the conduct of an airlift, the dispatch of rescue and response teams and emergency relief and medical teams led by King Salman Relief Center, with the participation of the Directorate General of Civil Protection and the Saudi Red Crescent Authority.
His Excellency added: “The generous directive also provided for the launch of a popular campaign to collect donations from citizens, in order to ensure the participation of the Saudi people to mitigate the impact of the earthquake on their brothers of the Syrian and Turkish peoples, such as the volume of funds allocated by the State and citizens reached (150) million US dollars, which included the management of ( 16) One aircraft carrying shelter, food and medical supplies, in concurrently with the start of work on the King Salman Relief Center for the establishment (3000) of temporary shelters both in Syria that in Turkey in its first phase and the implementation of a number of food, health and shelter projects costing approximately US$ (73.3) million in collaboration with a number of international, international and local organizations, the campaign is still in course.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah stressed – at the conclusion of his speech – that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to support the Syrian and Turkish peoples. To mitigate the effects of the earthquake and restore stability and life to normal, asking the Lord – Almighty – to bestow security, stability and development on the two peoples, wishing that Almighty God may write success for the work of the conference in realizing the necessary response humanitarian.
The conference aims to ensure continued interest and support for the Syrian and Turkish peoples, show solidarity with people affected by the earthquake in both countries and provide an opportunity for the international community to mobilize increased financial support to meet the urgent needs of affected areas.