Islamabad/Nowshera: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center of Saudi Arabia donated 396 metric tons of dates to the World Food Programme (WFP) for relief assistance to vulnerable Pakistanis. The provided dates will be distributed through WFP among 148,000 registered families from FATA while the Government’s Return and Rehabilitation process is well underway and is planned to conclude at the end of this year.
The first official ceremony of distribution of dates held in Jalozai camp on Tuesday in the presence of Deputy Head of Mission of the Saudi Embassy, Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Khalidi, and WFP Pakistan Representative, Lola Castro. On the occasion the Deputy Head of Mission of Saudi Arabia Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Khalidi reaffirmed his government’s commitment to continue supporting relief efforts for the affected communities of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Saudi Arabia has close brotherly relations with Pakistan and the wellbeing of the people of Pakistan is of great importance to the Kingdom,” he said.
WFP Pakistan Representative, Lola Castro briefly highlighted WFP’s projects in the area along with future plans of transition towards sustainable food security in the region. “WFP welcomes this donation and we look forward to continuing and broadening the partnership with the Saudi Government. Dates are an instant source of nutrition as they provide a range of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Dietary diversification is an important feature in the improvement of micronutrient intake and status and, in turn, leads towards better nutrition. This is especially crucial in the case of populations affected by shocks whose ability to purchase or produce food is limited,” said Lola Castro.
The officials of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Director PDMA, KP, Israr Khan, Director Operations FDMA, Dr. Qasim Ali Khan, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of SAFRON, Mirza M. Sana-ul-Haque and Section Officer, EAD, Dr. Haseeb Shahbaz Amin were among those who participated the gathering.