Saudi Arabia announces $400m aid to Ukraine


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday he held a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia announced shortly afterward a $400m humanitarian aid package to Ukraine.

The crown prince said the Kingdom was ready to continue mediation efforts and support everything that contributes to de-escalation.

During the call, the president said he thanked the crown prince and Saudi prime minister for the Kingdom’s position in support of Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty.

Saudi Arabia recently voted in favor of a UN resolution not to recognize the Kremlin’s claim over four Ukrainian regions annexed by Russia during the eight-month long conflict.

Zelensky also said that he and Prince Mohammed agreed to continue communication in order to release more prisoners of war.

Last month, the crown prince mediated in the release of ten prisoners from various countries as part of a prisoner exchange process between Russia and Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president also said he and the crown prince agreed on the provision of macro-financial aid from Saudi Arabia to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Ukraine Ambassador to the Kingdom, Anatolii Petrenko told Arab News, “I’m very proud to recognize that Saudi Arabia recently voted in favor of the latest United Nations General Assembly resolution, clearly supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Ambassador Petrenko, added, “Secondly, this position is the strong testimony of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the principles and essential provisions of international law, and wisdom of your political leadership and true friendship of Saudi people and their passion for Ukraine.”—AN


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