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Q: How much aid has Saudi Arabia and Kuwait provided to Iraq since May? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: How much aid has Saudi Arabia and Kuwait provided to Iraq since May?
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: grthumongous-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 28 Dec 2003 17:39 PST
Expires: 27 Jan 2004 17:39 PST
Question ID: 290970
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?
Subject: 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
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
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)
?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)
?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)
?Saudi Arabia and Kuwait each pledged $1bn?.

July 2003 (Relief Web)
Kuwait was among five leading donors of the Iraq reconstruction
program on July 2003.

Oct 2003 (Al Jazeera)
?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.


Clarification of Answer by leader-ga on 30 Dec 2003 15:52 PST
Thanks for a generous tip.

grthumongous-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
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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