Qorvis starts work for Saudi humanitarian organization

KSRelief is backed by the Saudi government.

Photo credit: Getty images
Photo credit: Getty images

WASHINGTON: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has hired Qorvis Communications for media relations services, according to documents filed with the Justice Department.

The Publicis Groupe agency is expected to provide PR services to the organization, also known as KSRelief, as soon as its contract is finalized, according to documents filed in the Foreign Agents Registration Act database. Its services may include PR training, media relations, events, drafting op-eds and conducting workshops or seminars for journalists or think tanks, according to the filing.

KSRelief is funded by the Saudi government, according to the documents.

Qorvis declined to comment about the account.

The agency has begun publishing materials on behalf of KSRelief. It distributed a press release on Thursday saying that the organization has joined the U.N. in observing the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. KSRelief said it has dismantled 50,000 landmines in Yemen, where it has been involved in a civil war since 2015.

The contract comes six months after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consultate in Istanbul. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s assassination, but the Trump administration has declined to punish the Saudi government.

Since Khashoggi’s murder, some PR and lobbying agenices have distanced themselves from the Saudi government and its philanthropioc and business entities, while others, such as KARV Communications, have picked up the slack.

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