Saudi Arabia gives USD 133 mn aid to Pakistan

Riyadh, Oct 15: Oil-rich Saudi Arabia today announced an emergency aid package worth USD 133 mn for infrastructure projects in Pakistan after the devastating earthquake.

Riyadh, Oct 15: Oil-rich Saudi Arabia today announced an emergency aid package worth USD 133 mn for infrastructure projects in Pakistan after the devastating earthquake.
"King Abdullah gave orders for a grant worth 500 million riyals (USD 133 mn) to rebuild basic infrastructure installations, including schools, buildings, roads and hospitals in the brotherly Islamic Republic of Pakistan," said a statement from the royal court.

"The Finance Minister has put the state Saudi Development Fund in charge of carrying out the emergency package, in coordination with the concerned parties in Pakistan," reported the state Saudi press agency.

On Monday, King Abdullah had ordered the "rapid" establishment of an air-lift of doctors, medicines, tents, covers and food to Pakistan.

He also decided to set up a field hospital to treat casualties from the earthquake and organise a popular campaign to gather donations from Saudis and other residents to the quake victims.

Earlier this week, the neighbouring Gulf states of Kuwait and United Arab Emirates offered emergency aid worth USD 100 mn each to Pakistan.

Bureau Report

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