KSA’s humanitarian efforts lauded

Arab news: Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the Muslim World League, has highlighted Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of natural calamities and civil wars around the world.
Addressing a meeting of the International Islamic Relief Organization Saudi Arabia’s (IIROSA) general assembly in Jeddah on Saturday, Al-Turki said the Kingdom’s relief efforts were inspired by the teachings of Islam.
The generous support extended by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin has enabled IIROSA to play an outstanding role in humanitarian and relief endeavors, he said.
“IIROSA will go ahead with various humanitarian programs for the benefit and welfare of people around the globe with the support of the Almighty, despite the challenges and obstacles it faces. IIROSA is always ready to cooperate with other organizations in humanitarian activities, he added.
Al-Turki urged the general assembly members to exert greater efforts to strengthen the organization. “We have to adopt the best practices in relief work and enhance the performance of our organization, coping with modern requirements and adopting new developments in the field,” he added.
Ehsan Saleh Taieb, secretary-general of IIROSA, highlighted his organization’s remarkable achievements in the past year. “We are looking forward to enhancing our operations in different countries with the support of their governments,” he said.
Taieb said the UN Security Council, the United Kingdom and the European Union have cleared IIROSA of terror-funding charges.
According to the organization’s annual report for 2012-2013, it has carried out seven major programs at a cost of SR125.98 million, benefiting more than 7 million people. It spent SR54.5 million on the emergency relief program.
“Our activities during the year benefited people in 58 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America,” Taieb said. “We have distributed 3.37 million kg of foodstuff among 5.45 million people in 21 countries,” he added.
“Our main concern is to reach out to the poor and victims of calamities and disasters to provide them with a helping hand and reduce their suffering,” the IIROSA chief said. The organization plans to employ special staff to monitor activities of all the mosques that were built recently.
More than 200 members from Saudi Arabia and other countries, including ministers, scientists, Islamic scholars, businessmen and other prominent personalities attended the meeting to discuss IIROSA’s present and future programs.
Ahmad Mohammad Ali, president of the Islamic Development Bank, Abdullah Omar Naseef, former vice president of the Shoura Council, and Abdullah Obaid, former MWL secretary-general, were some of the leading participants.

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