Saturday, 6 Jun 2020

Saudi, UAE donate $70m for Yemen teachers payroll

Riyadh ,General Supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeea announced on Monday a joint donation of $ 70 million by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to pay teachers' salaries in Yemen, in cooperation with the UN and UNESCO.

In a press release by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Al-Rabeea said that the Saudi-led coalition are closely following the suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of deteriorating economic conditions because monthly salaries were not paid to certain segment especially to the educational sector, also quoted by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

He added, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced their $ 70 million donations to address the salary crisis of teachers in coordination with the UNESCO which will make salaries available for 135,000 employees of the educational sector.

The donation comes as part of the continued support undertaken by the coalition states to alleviate the humanitarian and economic crisis of the Yemeni people, with over USD 17 billion presented since 2015 and still ongoing.

The coalition states assure the importance of the unified international efforts supporting the humanitarian and economic initiatives in Yemen to avoid the worsening of the situation there, said Al-Rubeea.

The coalition states are directly involved with the new Yemeni government to put the economic and humanitarian file at the top of their priorities, and activate the work mechanisms and ease to enhance the government's performance as part of the international efforts in tackling the humanitarian and living crisis.

Al-Rabeea added that the coalition attributed the responsibility of the deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions in Yemen to the Houthi militias, who refuse to settle the conflict politically and commit to

international resolutions related to this conflict.

Meanwhile, Spokesman of the Coalition Forces in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Maliki confirmed the continued efforts of the coalition states to provide political, economic and humanitarian support to the people of Yemen.

During the weekly press conference in Riyadh, Al-Maliki said that the forces have set up an operation room to monitor the Laban typhoon which struck Al-Muhra governorate, and that the Saudi government was involved in this operation to reduce the effects of the typhoon on the residents of the area.

Emergency centres were set up as the coalition forces put a lot of effort in restoring electricity, distributing aid, initiating search and rescue teams and provide medical evacuations, which required them to establish air and land

bridges incorporated with certain sectors of the Kingdom, added Al-Maliki.

On recent developments in Yemen, Al-Maliki spoke on Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamadi, Minister of Education defecting from the self-proclaimed government of Houthis and the General People's Congress (GPC). Al-Maliki confirmed the coalition forces secured Al-Hamadi's exit from the capital Sanaa to an area controlled by the legitimate government then transferred to the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Al-Maliki called on the Yemeni people and any member of GPC, republican guard, and other leaders who wish to defect to contact the authorities of the coalition's forces to secure their exit.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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