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Saudi gifts dates to 35,000 Afghan students

Saudi gifts dates to 35,000 Afghan students

May 28, 2013 - 17:23

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday handed over 85 metric tonnes of dried dates to Word Food Programme (WFP) officials in Kabul to be given in donation to poor Afghan families during the month of Ramadaninfo-icon.

A WFP press release said the dates were received at a ceremony attended by Mohammad Al Haqbani, Senior Officer of International Relations at the Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Louis Imbleau, WFP Representative and Country Director for Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“WFP is our strongest partner, and we trust them,” said Al Haqbani. “Whenever we give WFP food to be distributed to needy people around the worldinfo-icon, it’s as if we are distributing it ourselves.”

The dates are already pre-positioned in WFP’s Kabul and Kandahar warehouses and will soon be distributed to over 35,000 students in Kabul, Panjshir and Kandahar provinces, the press release said.

“This is a wonderful gesture by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Imbleau. “As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, Muslim families around the world are preparing for its rich traditions. Thousands of needy children and families will benefit from this contribution.”



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