Coalition to Support Legitimacy to Sign Agreements with WHO to Fight Cholera

Coalition to Support Legitimacy to Sign Agreements with WHO to Fight Cholera

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 - 08:45
Colonel Turki al-Malki addressing a press conference in Riyadh (SPA)
Riyadh- Abdul Hadi Habtoor
"Esnad" center in partnership with the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works will sign today (on Tuesday) three agreements with the World Health Organization (WHO), to eradicate the cholera epidemic in Yemen, according to the spokesman of Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki al-Maliki.

The three agreements exceed $10 million and deal with the implementation of the comprehensive humanitarian plan launched by Saudi Arabia in Yemen last month.

Maliki added that all land and sea ports are open to Yemen, and as a result aid has entered the country amounting to 75,623 tons, distributed to 544,037 Yemeni citizens.

The total number of permits granted by the coalition forces through the evacuation and humanitarian operations, during the period from March 26, 2015 to February 12, 2018, was 18557, awarded at sea, land and air ports, he stated.

Maliki pointed to the coalition's condemnation of the assassination of Yemeni activist Riham Badr in Taiz province by Iranian Houthi militias.

Col. Maliki said also that work is underway with the Yemen government to ensure the integrity of Oxfam's work.

Oxfam, one of Britain’s biggest charities, has come under fire for the behavior of some former staff in Chad and Haiti after a newspaper report said aid workers had paid for sex while on a mission.

“We will work with the Yemeni government to ensure that Oxfam is working with integrity inside Yemen,” Maliki ensured.

Oxfam’s chief executive Mark Goldring has vowed that if the UK government wants to cut its funding, the charity will “carry on delivering as best we can because that’s what the people of Yemen, Syria, Congo and indeed Haiti need and deserve."

Oxfam needs to rebuild the public’s trust after apologizing for the “appalling” behavior of its staff in Haiti in 2011, foreign aid minister Penny Mordaunt said on Monday.

“Oxfam made a full and unqualified apology – to me, and to the people of Britain and Haiti - for the appalling behavior of some of their staff in Haiti in 2011, and for the wider failings of their organization’s response to it,” Mordaunt said after meeting Oxfam’s chief executive.

Maliki stressed that coalition forces will continue to support the Yemeni army, in order to liberate the rest of the Yemeni territories from Houthi militias, reaffirming that the coalition forces, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will continue to take the lead, until the liberation of the rest of the Yemeni territories. He indicated the army's achievements which led to the liberation of several sites in the governorates of Taiz, Saada, al-Baidha, Dali and the northern part of the capital of Sanaa.

The official spokesman also denounced the targeting of citizens' properties by the Iran-backed Houthi militias, warning that these militias ignore all the norms and international laws.

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