on Sunday 11 February, 2024

Saudi Arabia sends $250 million in aid to Yemen

Flags of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. (File photo)
by : Yemen Details

Saudi Arabia said Sunday it had disbursed $250 million in aid to the internationally-recognized government in Yemen.

The money follows an initial payment of the same amount announced in August, when Riyadh committed to provide a total of $1.2 billion to ease the government’s budget deficit and pay salaries for civil servants.

“The second batch of the grant to support addressing the budget deficit for the Yemeni government was transferred to the Central Bank of Yemen in Aden, amounting to $250 million to support salaries, wages and expenses,” Mohammed al-Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, said on social media.

The Yemeni government relocated to Aden, a port city on the southern coast, after the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized the capital Sanaa in 2014.

A UN-brokered ceasefire in April 2022 brought a sharp reduction in hostilities. The truce officially expired six months later, though fighting has largely remained on hold.

The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said last year that “economic warfare” between the warring parties had compounded the country’s problems.

-With AFP