Saudi Arabia, UAE announce $500 million aid program for Yemen

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced a new initiative in Yemen to address the humanitarian situation in the country, including an additional $500 million aid program.

The new initiative launched by Saudi Arabia and the UAE aims to secure food for 10 to 12 million people.

The program was announced by Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, general supervisor of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Relief and Works, at a joint press conference in Riyadh with Reem Al-Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation. 

“We will coordinate with UN organizations to deliver aid to those in need in Yemen,” Al-Rabiah said, adding that the coalition countries had provided $18 billion in aid to help Yemen within three years.

Al-Hashimy pointed out that “the initiative aims to help more than 10 million Yemenis.”

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