How much aid has Saudi Arabia and Kuwait provided to Iraq since May?
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Asked by: grthumongous-ga
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28 Dec 2003 17:39 PST
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How much aid has Saudi Arabia and Kuwait provided to Iraq since May? I remember the distressing scenes of the disorganized Kuwaiti Red Crescent throwing care-packages off the backs of trucks to needy Iraqis in southern Iraq. In the free-for-all stronger young males held advantage over women and children. Since that report I have heard very little about Saudi or Kuwaiti aid to their bretheren next door. I know Saudi Arabia holds Saddam-era Iraqi debt and Kuwait claims reparations from 1991 but are these states or the citizens therein contributing aid now?
Re: How much aid has Saudi Arabia and Kuwait provided to Iraq since May?
Answered By: leader-ga on 28 Dec 2003 20:36 PST
Hello grthumongous-ga: It was a pleasure to answer this question. Yes, it looks like that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are trying to help Iraqis as they both are among the top donors. Here are some recent news releases that should shed some light on this issue: Oct 2003 (PBS) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/july-dec03/iraq_10-24.html ?Of the $33 billion promised, $20 billion is from the United States, $5 billion from Japan, $500 million from Kuwait and $1 billion from Saudi Arabia.? Sep 2003 (Saudi Info) http://www.saudinf.com/main/y6097.htm ?Saudi Arabia has provided over SR77 million in aid and humanitarian assistance to post-war Iraq, according to a report released by the Saudi Red Crescent Society.? Oct 2003 (BBC) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3209935.stm ?Saudi Arabia and Kuwait each pledged $1bn?. July 2003 (Relief Web) http://wwww.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf/6686f45896f15dbc852567ae00530132/fd53243cf4074bcfc1256d5e0051723c?OpenDocument Kuwait was among five leading donors of the Iraq reconstruction program on July 2003. Oct 2003 (Al Jazeera) http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/42FF7116-342D-4A5B-A64F-EB2F73DE218E.htm ?Oil-rich Saudi Arabia also joined the ranks of donors, offering $1 billion, of which $500 million dollars will be given through the Saudi Development Fund.? Useful Search Strategy ?Saudi, Iraq aid? ?Iraq aid, countries? ?Kuwait, Iraq aid? I hope this helps. Please let me know if you are not satisfied with the answer. Sincerely, Leader-ga.
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I checked out the embedded links. I suppose my terminology of "aid" was vague but in my mind it means grants of money, or loan forgiveness or goods or services. In contrast a new loan or loan guarantee to an impoverished borrower is not aid. The Saudi link from 2003-SEP mentions US$22 million in direct aid plus hospital/medical services. The october link mentions US$1 billion, half of which is loan and the other half controlled by the Saudi Development Fund. I did not see any mention of whether Saudi loan forgiveness of Saddam-era debt will occur.
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