Upon directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Yemen High-Level Pledging Event 2020 is virtually kicked off. This event is organized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in partnership with the United Nations.
The Kingdom’s delegation to the conference is chaired by Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and included Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, Advisor at the Royal Court and the Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief); Dr. Abdurrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Rassi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral International Affairs; Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jaber, who is also Supervisor of the Saudi Program for Development and Reconstruction of Yemen, and a number of senior KSrelief officials.
More than 126 entities will take part in the event, including 66 states, 15 UN agencies, 3 intergovernmental organizations and more than 39 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in addition to the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered today the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Keynote during Donors Conference for Yemen 2020 (Virtual / via Video Conference).
Prince Faisal said that “it gives me great honor to convey to you the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, and their affirmation of the Kingdom’s commitment to humanitarian principles and its firm commitment to alleviate the human suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people, as well as their deep appreciation to the United Nations for their efforts in providing humanitarian work through its agencies operating around the world and in Yemen in particular.
“The Kingdom has been keen to host this virtual conference despite the exceptional circumstances that the whole world is going through due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic (Covid19), and here I would like to express my appreciation to the participating delegations from the state governments, international organizations, and relevant non-governmental organizations, which reflects the importance of this conference to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and announce financial pledges to meet the humanitarian needs there, which were caused by coup d’etat staged by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia to overthrow the legitimized leadership in the country,” Prince Faisal added.
“We meet today and the Yemeni people are looking forward to a successful reach to an effective resolution to be implemented soon to help them face the humanitarian, military, security, economic and development challenges due to the inhuman practices being committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militias with their violations of blocking out humanitarian aids and looting relief convoys and impede its access to all Yemeni lands. This is in continuation of their obstruction of acceptance of the political solution based on the three references (the Gulf initiative, its executive mechanism, outcomes of comprehensive national dialogue, and Security Council Resolution 2216) and the relevant international resolutions and implementation of the 2018 Stockholm Agreement and thus the Houthi denial of all efforts and initiatives of ceasefire announced by the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen, in addition to the invitation of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen to engage in direct negotiations between all Yemeni parties.