DHAHRAN, SAUDI ARABIA (January 7, 2005) - Saudi Aramco has made a corporate donation of $2 million for victims of the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean region, the company announced Friday.

The donation was made as part of a fund-raising telethon held Thursday by Saudi Arabia to aid the affected areas of South and Southeast Asia.

Abdallah S. Jum’ah said in a statement that the donation was part of Saudi Aramco's tradition of social responsibility.

"The Saudi Aramco family is deeply saddened by this tragic event, as it has destroyed the lives of so many fellow humans, and the challenges faced by the survivors touch us all," Jum'ah said.

He added: "Our prayers are with those who lost loved ones in this tragedy, as well as with those who were injured or lost their homes. May God ease the heavy burden on the victims and their families, and may He grant them the power of patience to cope with the difficult days ahead."