Dec 12 2014
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today applauding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its $104 million donation to the United Nations World Food Program, which will benefit the growing number of Syrian refugees whose food assistance was in jeopardy of being suspended earlier this month:
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s $104 million donation to the United Nations World Food Program is an act of compassion and generosity that is deeply appreciated at a time when conditions in Syria are worsening. More than 1.7 million refugees in countries neighboring Syria rely on the World Food Program. For refugees struggling to survive the harsh winter, the consequences of ending the World Food Program would have been devastating. Hundreds of thousands of families would go hungry and their health endangered. Saudi Arabia’s generous and timely donation will help save the lives of these refugees and allow for food assistance to an additional four million displaced people inside Syria.
“These refugees have been forced to flee their countries and lose their livelihoods due to the horrific violence of the Assad regime. It is the shared responsibility of all nations to assist these people, and I am grateful to the countries that have contributed. Saudi Arabia’s donation has ensured the continuation of aid to Syria for now, but the international community must continue to support efforts to protect this vital lifeline to refugees. For those who have lost everything, every dollar can make a difference.”