The first Saudi Arabian Air Force plane with medical and food supplies for the Lebanese Red Crescent Society arrived at Beirut International airport on Sunday (29 July).
The first Saudi Arabian Air Force plane with medical and food supplies for the Lebanese Red Crescent Society arrived at Beirut International airport on Sunday (29 July). Saudi Arabia recently announced a large relief operation for Palestinian refugees and Moslems in Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: This Saudi Air Force hercules is the first relief plane to arrive in beirut with promised medical supplies and food stuffs, and the Saudi plan provides for another seven cargoes to be distributed in Lebanon. The Saudis announced earlier this month (July) that they would provide five million dollars in aid to assist Palestinian refugees in southern Lebanon. Shortly after that, another five million dollars was granted to the High Islamic Shi'ite Council for a similar purpose.
Sunday's relief plane brought basic foodstuffs like tea, sugar, rice and dried milk. Saudi Arabia's links with Lebanon are mainly religious commitments to fellow Moslems. It has generally been the biggest contributor to several Arab funds set up to help poor Arab and African states.
In 1976, Saudi Arabia committed almost three billion dollars in foreign aid. The Saudi commitment has been rising steadily in past years, and its disbursement is equivalent to almost six per cent of its gross national product. Most of the Saudi aid goes to other Arab states, especially the front line ones. Other recipients are Moslem, states. Among them is Pakistan who recently (29 May) signed a 190 million U.S. dollar deal with Saudi Arabia to finance five development project.