ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdulah M. Al-Zahrani has reiterated his country’s strong resolve to stand by the Pakistani people in hour of their grief and sorrow.

Speaking at project completion and new projects launching ceremony for Pakistani people effected by natural disaster and Afghan refugees here Tuesday, he said ” the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Saudi people will always stand by their brothers in Pakistan and take this friendship to new heights.”

Stating that Saudi Arabia has been a leading donor, it instantly responds humanitarian disasters and natural calamities worldwide without any religious or ethnic discrimination, in addition to providing economic and financial support to the developing countries.

Saudi Arabia , he said is the largest donor in the world in term of ratio to it GDP and scope of its donations. The ratio of Saudi global donations constitutes 1.9% of its GDP against the United Nation’s target for 0.7% of the GDP. More than 80 countries in the World benefited from its humanitarian aid. 

“Our relation with Pakistan are distinct and it is an honor for us to be in a position to extend our hand of friendship and support to our Muslims brother in Pakistan in their hard times,” the Saudi Ambassador added.

Ambassador Al-Zahrani further said time bears testimony that Saudi Arabia has proved itself an all- weather friend of Pakistan. He assured the government and the people of Pakistan that this time- tested friendship is destined to strengthen further in years ahead.

While mentioning the completion of humanitarian project costing over dollar 20 million, he thanked the cooperation they received from ministry of State and Frontier region, National Disaster Management Authority, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority, provincial governments and various organizations of United Nation in Pakistan.

While giving details of the projects, he announced the second phase of reconstruction and rehabilitation projects worth dollar 60 million to provide all necessary facilities to people living in difference districts of Pakistan that effected by natural calamity. The projects include 3000 houses for flood victims, more than 200 water projects, 40 schools, 25 health facilities and rehabilitations of several mosques.

Minister for State and Frontier Region Lt (R) Abdul Quadir Baloch who was present on the occasion expressed his deep gratitude to Saudi government for its generous support to the effected people. He hoped that Saudi government will come forward to enhance its functional assistance for the rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons.

Dr. Khalid M Alothmani, Regional Director of completed a new projected gave a brief of province-wise details of humanitarian work in the effected regions.