2007 News Story

King Abdullah meets with IOM director-general on tsunami relief project

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques met with the director-general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Brunson McKinley, at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today. McKinley is currently on a two-day official visit to the Kingdom, the first-ever by an IOM director-general to the country.

During the meeting, King Abdullah wished the organization success in its humanitarian efforts. Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz and a number of princes and officials were also in attendance.

According to IOM’s website, a key part of McKinley’s trip to the Kingdom will be the signing of an agreement on assistance to victims of the December 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia.

The agreement between IOM and the Saudi Charity Campaign for the Relief of the Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in East Asia will provide for the construction of a $10 million residential project in Ampara, Sri Lanka. It is the first official IOM project funded by Saudi Arabia.

The project includes 500 housing units, a hospital, a school for boys and a school for girls, a mosque, a recreation/events hall, a bus station, a shopping center and a sports stadium.

“The partnership between IOM and the Saudi Campaign will make a big difference to the lives of thousands of tsunami victims in Sri Lanka. It is also a very important step in our relations with Saudi Arabia, a very supportive country to humanitarian causes worldwide,” said McKinley, as quoted on the IOM website.