The ambassador addresses MSF’s operational concerns, presents the Arab Coalition’s humanitarian operations in Yemen, and gives an overview of coordination mechanism in place to facilitate cooperation with aid groups
RIYADH, Oct 2, 2018 – The Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, HE Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jaber, on Tuesday met with a delegation from international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), to discuss humanitarian coordination efforts in Yemen.
Ambassador Al Jaber, who is also in charge of the Esnad Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid, and the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (Emmar), welcomed the MSF representatives and endorsed the hard work the organisation is undertaking in Yemen.
HE Al Jaber addressed MSF’s operational concerns, especially with regards to high-intensity conflict, and reassured the MSF officials of the Coalition’s willingness to cooperate and help enable a secure operating environment for the organisation’s on-ground staff.
The ambassador presented the Coalition’s humanitarian operations in Yemen and gave an overview of various coordination mechanisms already in place to facilitate cooperation with other international organisations. He also invited MSF to visit Al Jawf governorate in the north of Yemen, in order to view some of Emmar’s projects, including medical facilities, and consider cooperating on initiatives there.
Ahmed Fadel, MSF’s Operational Manager, said MSF is active in many parts in Yemen, from Aden to the northern governorate of Saada. Mr Fadel cited MSF’s new project in Hodeida as an example of their reaction to the pressing needs of the Yemeni citizens, noting: “In Hodeida, our strategy is to surround the areas of conflict with active medical personnel all around the governorate.”
The meeting, also attended by Antoine Bieler, the MSF Representative in the Middle East; Teresa Sancristoval, MSF’s Director of Operations; and Charles Gaudry, MSF’s Operational Manager, was held at the new headquarters of the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen in Riyadh.
Ambassador Al Jaber said that the Esnad centre is overseeing the implementation of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian initiatives in support of the UN’s Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2018, estimated at USD 2.9 billion. Coalition members Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait have already contributed USD 1.5 billion to the UN’s plan this year.