Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Iranian, Turkish, Russian foreign ministers to meet in Moscow

Iranian, Turkish, Russian foreign ministers to meet in Moscow

Host countries have demonstrated outstanding generosity to Syrian refugees for over seven years despite the huge pressure on services, infrastructure and labor markets. "More than 12 million people have now been displaced, including more than 5.6 million refugees hosted in neighbouring countries and 6.6 million displaced inside Syria", the conference participants noted in the resolution.

"We are seeing an escalation in military activities which is exactly the contrary" to what they promised, Mogherini said.

London and Berlin led the pledges on Wednesday, with Britain announcing 450 million pounds ($630 million, 515 million euros) for 2018 and another 300 million pounds for 2019, while Germany said it would donate more than a billion euros.

The worldwide community's split over Syria was also highlighted by the fact that Damascus was not taking part in the conference organized by the EU.

Addressing the Brussels II Conference where dozens of stakeholders gathered to discuss support for Syria, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said: "It is important that we are here, but what is more important that we act, adding that action should be on two fronts".

He said that Kuwait, as a centre of humanitarian works and under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, launched a campaign to help the Syrian refugees by organizing three worldwide conferences in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

"It is a natural phenomenon as the conflict continues year after year", Steiner said.

"Let us pledge today to renew and strengthen our political, humanitarian and financial commitments."

"We all know that what we do on a humanitarian basis is only the sticking plaster on the wound".

The UN puts the number of Syrian refugees at 1.1 million, while the Lebanese government and relief agencies contend it is 1.5 million.

In addition to the lack of funds, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, expressed concern that prolonged chaos would create a chance for Islamic State militants to make a comeback. "Because Idlib is the big new challenge, 2.5 million people", Mistura said. He told reporters that "there are women, children, civilians, and this is looming up there".

"We will see how the conference's organizers, most notably the European Union, and other Western countries and participants will outline their stance on the pressing tasks of restoring Syria's economy."

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