Obama to Meet with GCC Leaders Next Month

Reuters22.04.2015 KSA
Obama to Meet with GCC Leaders Next Month

Obama to Meet with GCC Leaders Next Month

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President Barack Obama will meet with leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries at the White House on May 13 and at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland the following day, the White House said on Friday.

The summit, to include leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will be an opportunity for Obama to discuss concerns about the deal reached with Iran on its nuclear programme, as well as the military campaign in Yemen by the Gulf countries.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, which has been fighting Houthi militias in Yemen since March 26, on Saturday announced $274 million in humanitarian aid for the embattled country.

The pledge, which the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said was ordered by King Salman, came after a U.N. appeal Friday for $274 million to provide emergency assistance to the millions affected by the conflict.

The United Nations launched an appeal on Friday for almost $275 million to aid 7.5 million people in Yemen over the next three months, as fighting intensifies in the south and air strikes pound 18 of Yemen’s 22 provinces.

About 150,000 people have been displaced, 50% more than the previous U.N. estimate, the U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said, citing local sources. The agency said health facilities had reported 767 deaths from March 19 to April 13, almost certainly an underestimate.

“Thousands of families have now fled their homes as a result of the fighting and air strikes,” the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, said in a statement.

“Ordinary families are struggling to access health care, water, food and fuel - basic requirements for their survival.”

The fighting had destroyed, damaged or disrupted at least five hospitals, 15 schools, Yemen’s three main airports, two bridges, two factories and four mosques, as well as markets, power stations and water and sanitation facilities, OCHA said.

Source: Reuters; SPA

File Photo: Barack Obama met with Saudi King Salman in January upon the death of the Monarch's predecessor and half-brother. (AP Photo)



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