Kuwait's institutes continue tackling humanitarian aid throughout globe

More than 1000 students from the Syrian community in Turkey have been honored by the Kuwaiti charity Al-Najat

Kuwait's institutes continue tackling humanitarian aid throughout globe


KUWAIT -- In Irbil, a prominent leader from Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) praised Kuwait's humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people.

Last Tuesday, political bureau member Hoshyar Zebari said in a statement to KUNA, that he discussed with the Kuwaiti Consul General in Arbil, Dr. Omar Al-Kandari bilateral relations between the two sides and ways to develop and strengthen ties in addition to common concerns about the situation in the region.

Zebari, who previously held the finance portfolio in the Iraqi government, said that discussion also focused on Kuwait's generous humanitarian efforts to the people of Iraq and people of the Kurdistan region.

Kuwait has provided various humanitarian assistance to Iraqi displaced people over the past years, including various relief, educational and health assistance, which were welcomed and praised by officials in the Kurdistan region as well as displaced people and humanitarian organizations operating in the region.

In February 2018, it hosted an international conference for the reconstruction of Iraq with the participation of a number of donor countries and international and regional organizations headed by five parties (the European Union, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Nations and the World Bank) and ended with a total commitment of USD 30 billion dollars.

Earlier this year, Iraq's Fund for the Reconstruction of Affected Areas signed an agreement with Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) totaling USD 100 million to support the health sector in the war-affected areas of Iraq.

On another front, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Kuwait Dr. Bakhromjon Aloev last Wednesday commended the efforts of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) to help the needy and relieve those affected by natural disasters or manmade disasters.

Dr. Aloev told reporters after meeting with the Deputy Chairman of KRCS Anwar Al-Hasawi that the efforts are clear in the field of helping victims and have a leading position in the field of humanitarian work.

He underlined the importance of the regional and international activities in the field of relief and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy and the afflicted throughout the world.

On the meeting that took place between the two sides, Dr. Aloev said that the issues of common concern were discussed, especially with regard to the humanitarian and relief fields, pointing out that the talks he had with Al-Hasawi were constructive.

For his part, Al-Hasawi welcomed the visit of Dr. Aloev, affirmed readiness for KRCS' constructive cooperation and coordination with the Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan (RCSU), along with humanitarian and community organizations in his country.

The association will continue its programs to alleviate the humanitarian suffering of refugees and displaced people worldwide and support any effort to support those in need in Uzbekistan, he said.

Also last Wednesday, Director of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuwait (UNHCR) Samer Hadadian hailed Kuwait, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day, as a role model for humanitarian activism, recalling its generous aid to refugees and needy people worldwide.

Kuwait does not hesitate to provide support and humanitarian assistance to people in need and to help mobilize international response to humanitarian crises around the world, Hadadian told KUNA. He noted that Kuwait had intensified its humanitarian action to cope with the surge in regional conflicts and numbers of displaced people worldwide.

Kuwait's contributions to the UNHCR since 2013 amounted to approximately USD 400 million, which helped provide emergency humanitarian aid and protection services to millions of conflict-affected men, women and children in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, the UN official pointed out.

He underlined that the UN proclamation of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as a "Humanitarian Leader" and the designation of Kuwait as a "Humanitarian hub" in 2014 was a well-deserved move due to Kuwait's unprecedented initiatives and generous donations to people in distress and leading regional and international philanthropic role.

He noted that the world was witnessing the commitment of Kuwait through its active engagement with United Nations agencies and its huge donations to relevant United Nations agencies and other humanitarian and charitable initiatives.

Kuwait -- represented by its political leadership, government and people, the private sector, charitable and humanitarian organizations -- has become a role model for world countries in humanitarian activism, he said.

"It has not excluded any sect or race from its donations and has made contributions to Africa, Europe and Asia," Hadadian pointed out, citing Kuwait's chairing of an international donors' conference to support Rohingya refugee in Geneva in 2017, which raised aid pledges amounting to USD 335 million.


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