The Strategist

International donors to give Syria over €5B

03/31/2021 - 04:04

Countries participating in the Brussels 5 video conference on support for Syria will send about €5.3bn in grants and €5.9bn in loans to the country, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič has said.

The UN had earlier asked international donors to provide $5.8m to Syrian refugees and $4.2m to those left behind in Syria.

"International donors have allocated €5.3 billion in aid in the form of grants. Of this, €3.6 billion will be available in 2021 and €1.7 billion in 2022 and beyond. On top of that, international financial institutions have allocated €5.9 billion in loans", said Mr Lenarčič, closing the ministerial session.

US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said during the Brussels 5 video conference that the US contribution to aid to Syria would amount to $596 million.

In late February, the US launched several airstrikes against targets of Shiite pro-Iranian groups in Syria. The strikes were ordered by US President Joe Biden in response to attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the US attack and called for respect for Syria's sovereignty and integrity.