2004 News Story

Saudi Arabia pledges $10 million in emergency aid to tsunami victims

Saudi Arabia will provide U.S. $10 million in emergency humanitarian aid to the victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean region.  Five million dollars in food and medical assistance will be distributed through the Saudi Red Crescent Society, and $5 million in cash will be channeled through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.


The Kingdom has been in the forefront in overseas development assistance.  Over the past three decades, Saudi Arabia's foreign aid has averaged about 4 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), well above the official United Nations goal of 0.7 percent.

[Press release]