The UAE participated today in the “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” conference held in Brussels and hosted by the United Nations and the European Union for the fifth year, during which the state pledged $ 30 million in support of international efforts aimed at alleviating the suffering of the brotherly Syrian people, and to provide the necessary funding for humanitarian activities in this the frame.
He represented the UAE in the international conference – held by means of visual communication technology – His Excellency Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State, as well as representatives of donor countries and specialized humanitarian organizations and bodies.
In a speech to the conference, His Excellency Al Marar stressed that the UAE believes in a strong belief in a political solution as the only way out for the Syrian crisis, with its full support for the efforts of the United Nations and the United Nations Special Envoy to Syria, Gere Pederson, as well as other international mediation efforts aimed at reaching a peace agreement based on the conference. Geneva and Security Council Resolution 2254.
He reaffirmed the UAE’s rejection of foreign interference in the Syrian affairs, stressing the importance of an effective Arab role in Syria, and helping Syrians return to their Arab surroundings.
His Excellency indicated that the UAE has embraced more than 130,000 Syrians on its land since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, and explained that the UAE over the years of war and suffering has remained on its position in support of the Syrian people, extending the hand of giving with aid and support to the Syrian brothers inside Syria or in other countries. Neighboring host to refugees.
He pointed out that over the past ten years, the UAE has provided more than $ 1.11 billion in relief aid to Syrian refugees, either inside Syria or in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Greece.
He explained that these aid included the provision of food, shelter and health care, as well as the establishment of field hospitals, the establishment of the Emirati-Jordanian camp in the Jordanian Marijib Al-Fahd area and similar camps in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and in Greece to provide livelihoods, protection and various social services.
He noted that the UAE is a co-founding member, along with Germany and the United States of America, in the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) and contributed $ 23.4 million to support stability for internally displaced Syrians.
His Excellency Khalifa Al Marar stressed the UAE’s interest in working to mitigate the humanitarian impacts and health threats posed by the “Covid 19” pandemic in Syria and on refugees.
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