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Kuwait external aid exceeded KD 11 billion from 1990 to 2014
March 28, 2016, 2:28 pm

The State of Kuwait, adopting aid for people in need as a stable factor of its foreign policy, has provided more than KD 11 billion to stricken nations between 1990, the year it witnessed the Iraqi aggression, and 2014.

The Foreign Ministry, in the first State report about external relief operations and activities, quoted the Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah as affirming the State of Kuwait keenness, since independence and throughout its history, on hefty humanitarian grants to various nations. "Kuwait has given assistance to peoples afflicted with catastrophes, natural disasters and crises without discrimination and the work has largely developed to the extent that it has turned into a feature of the country's external policy," Al-Jarallah said.

Enormous efforts have been exerted at this level under guidance of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, prompting the United Nations to honor him with the title, the "Humanitarian Leader", and designated the State of Kuwait as the "Humanitarian Center". The Kuwaiti economic-development assistance constitutes a tool of a stable foreign policy that has been maintained despite difficult times namely the 1990 Iraqi aggression.

Under occupation, Kuwait alloted six loans to Arab countries, three to African states and two to two Asian nations. "This unique humanitarian role which is part of the State foreign policy is the prime reason for the global support for Kuwait during the occupation months," he said.

The report included information about the aid that had been given via various departments and agencies throughout the country's 50-year independence namely' the Ministry of Finance, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Al-Zakat House and International Islamic Charitable Organization. During 1990-2012, Kuwait's total aid to Arab countries amounted to KD 2.915 million, to non-Arab countries KD 6.676 billion and to various international and regional agencies and associations; more KD 197 million.

Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) was founded in 1961. In 1974, its capital was raised from KD 50 million to KD two billion, expanding operations, in addition to Arab countries, to other developing nations.

KFAED's loans presented between 1990 and 2014 exceeded KD 2.601 billion, grants and aid more than KD 74 million. For its part, Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), established in 1966, had given during the same period of time help worth more than KD 85 million.

As to Zakat House, set up in 1982, IT provided aid worth KD 221 million. The Islamic society had provided assistance valued at more than KD 14 million between 2010 and 2013. 

Source: KUNA


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