Speaking at the 71st annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, he Saudi crown prince, Muhammad Bin Naif, said the kingdom ranked as the third country worldwide in terms of providing humanitarian relief and development assistance, having provided over the past four decades about $139 bln in aid.
Referring to the Kingdom’s unwavering support to the Syrian people affected by conflicts, the Crown Prince noted that the Kingdom is in the forefront of countries in alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people ever since civil war broke out in that country.
He added The Kingdom has received around 2.5 million Syrian citizens, and it is keen on not treating them simply as refugees or putting them in refugee camps”.
The Saudi crown prince also said that the Kingdom was dealing with the Syria crisis from the teachings of the Islamic religion, and the keenness of Saudi Arabia since its inception to help the needy and provide a helping hand to them, signaled Al-Arabiya
During his speech at the summit concerning the issue of what to do about the world’s 65.3 million displaced, the Kingdom safeguarded their dignity and ensured their safety by granting full freedom of movement and issuing residence permits for hundreds of thousands of Syrians who wanted to remain in the Kingdom.
“The Kingdom has also given them access to the labor market and provided healthcare and education free of charge. There are more than 141,000 Syrian children pursuing their education free of cost,” Saudi Crown Prince said, adding that the Kingdom also contributed in supporting and sponsoring millions of Syrian refugees living in neighboring states.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Crown Prince said that Saudi Arabia considers Yemeni refugees too as visitors and provides many facilities for more than half a million of them.
Some 285,000 Yemeni children have enrolled free of cost in Saudi government schools.
The Kingdom has extended recently humanitarian assistance worth over $42 million to Yemeni refugees staying in Djibouti and Somalia.