Islamabad: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre of Saudi Arabia donated 396 metric tons of Dates to Pakistan. Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani handed over the dates to World Food Programme (WFP) here in Islamabad. Addressing the ceremony Saudi ambassador Mr. Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have exemplary relations at political, religious, cultural and economic fronts. And I will avail this opportunity to cherish the time tested history of close fraternal relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The two nations have observed the wellbeing of people of Pakistan carries very special importance for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Envoy added.
Lola Castro, country director for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said that Dates provide a range of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and their consumption contributes towards ensuring diet diversity and helps reduce micronutrient deficiencies and WFP welcomes this donation and we are looking forward to further the partnership with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in a joint effort with the Government of Pakistan to improve food security and nutrition in Pakistan.
Between 2016 and 2018, WFP aims to assist 7.7 million people in close partnership with the Government to ensure the improvement of food security and nutrition among displaced and returnee populations, reinforce the resilience of communities living in the most hazard-prone areas, address malnutrition among the most vulnerable segments of the society, particularly pregnant and nursing women and children under five years of age, as well as support a favourable environment for women to achieve social and economic equality.
Saudi Arabia is one of the largest producers of dates worldwide. The dates will be distributed as part of WFP’s relief assistance programme. Approximately 148,000 registered families will receive the dates between April and June 2016.