Rabat - Saudi Arabia has responded to the voices accusing it of not doing enough for Syrian refugees by saying that it has received hundreds of thousands of them since the crisis erupted.
Rabat – Saudi Arabia has responded to the voices accusing it of not doing enough for Syrian refugees by saying that it has received hundreds of thousands of them since the crisis erupted.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), citing a Foreign Ministry source, the kingdom has taken nearly 2.5 million Syrians since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, just not as refugees.
“[Saudi Arabia] was keen to not deal with them as refugees, or to put them in refugee camps, to preserve their dignity and safety, and gave them complete freedom of movement,” the statement by the SPA said.
“[Saudi Arabia] gave whoever chose to stay in the kingdom, which are in the hundreds of thousands, proper residency … with all the rights that are included like free health care and engaging in the workforce and education.”
The statement added that the oil-rich kingdom has also provided $700 million in relief aid for refugees who have fled war-torn Syria, adding that more than 100,000 Syrian students were receiving free education in the country.
Saudi Arabia, along with the other Gulf Cooperation Council countries (UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar), have not signed the UN convention on refugees.
The wealthy Arab state has also vowed to build 200 mosques for Syrian refugees who entered Germany. The German government has not yet publicly responded to the Saudi offer.
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