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Qatar pledges $100 mn to help alleviate suffering of Syrians

Qatar pledges $100 mn to help
alleviate suffering of Syrians

Upon the directives of His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani announced a new pledge of Qatar to provide $100 million to alleviate the human sufferings of Syrian people.
In a speech at Brussels IV Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, held via video conferencing, the FM underscored that the new pledge comes from the firm belief of Qatar to fulfil its international and humanitarian obligation towards the brotherly Syrian people.
He said Qatar’s actual assistance to the brotherly Syrian people has exceeded $2 billion.
“Qatar, in compliance with its humanitarian and moral responsibilities, has spared no effort, since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, to enhance the rapid humanitarian response and provide effective assistance to the brotherly Syrian people,” he said.
The FM affirmed the steadfast support of Qatar to the international efforts aimed at reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on first Geneva Declaration of 2012 and the relevant Security Council resolutions, especially Resolution No 2254, and in a way that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people in security, stability, and the preservation of its territorial integrity.
At the beginning of his speech, the FM thanked the European Union and the United Nations for the invitation to hold this conference and praised the participating countries for their efforts to support the Syrian people despite the economic difficulties faced by all countries due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The world is facing a humanitarian crisis that humanity has not known before, during which the Syrian people were deprived of the most basic necessities of living such as water, food, infrastructure, and basic social services such as education and health, in addition to the number of displaced people, that reached 12 million,” he said.
The FM pointed out that the success in facing of the catastrophic and grave humanitarian repercussions of the Syrian crisis will only come through finding a political solution that radically ends this crisis. This is the responsibility of the international community, especially the Security Council and the actors concerned, he said.
“What kind of generation do we expect to result from the Syrian war as the children of Syria have grown up watching the pictures of artillery, bombings, and massacres with internationally prohibited weapons that have often affected their cities, villages, and families?” he asked.
“The time has come for the international community to work hard to stop the killing machine of the Syrian regime and put an end to its increasing violence, which is no difference between it and violent extremism and terrorism, which reinforce each other and converge in existence, goal, and outcome,” the FM explained.
He thanked all countries that have pledged and fulfilled their obligations towards the Syrian people and valued the efforts of the United Nations and the European Union to organize this conference, expressing the hope that the desired results will be achieved.