Egypt to at­tend Brus­sels II con­fer­ence on Syr­ian cri­sis

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Sarah El-Sheikh

Egypt will at­tend a sec­ond in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the Euro­pean Union and the United Na­tions on “sup­port­ing the fu­ture of Syria and the re­gion,” which is sched­uled to take place in Brus­sels from 24-25 April.

The con­fer­ence aims to dis­cuss hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to the Syr­i­ans af­fected by the civil war that is now in its eighth year.It also fur­ther aims to open dis­cus­sions among mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity over the Syr­ian con­flict to cre­ate new pledges, as well as to sup­port the resilience of refugee-host­ing coun­tries.

More than 85 coun­tries and or­gan­i­sa­tions will at­tend the con­fer­ence at the min­is­te­rial level.

The in­vited coun­tries in­clude all EU mem­bers states as well as-Al­ge­ria, China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Ja­pan, Jor­dan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Rus­sia, Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, and the US. The list of coun­tries in­vited to at­tend the con­fer­ence is yet to be fi­nalised.

Ac­cord­ing to an EU state­ment, over 13 mil­lion Syr­i­ans are now in need of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and more than 5 mil­lion Syr­ian refugees are dis­placed out­side the coun­try.

The first Brus­sels con­fer­ence was held from 4-5 April 2017, at which at­tend­ing coun­tries came to­gether to reaf­firm their com­mit­ments to help mil­lions of af­fected civil­ians in Syria as well as Syr­ian refugees.

The EU said that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity pledged, dur­ing the con­fer­ence, that $6bn (€5.6bn) in fund­ing would be des­ig­nated to sup­port hu­man­i­tar­ian, sta­bil­i­sa­tion, and devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in 2017 in Syria and the re­gion and a fur­ther $3.7bn (€3.5bn) for 2018-20 ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ear­lier this month, the US, France and the UK launched joint mil­i­tary strikes against Bashar Al-As­sad’s regime, in re­sponse to an al­leged chem­i­cal weapons at­tack on Douma, a sub­urb in east­ern Ghouta, near Da­m­as­cus and Homs, which re­sulted in the killing of dozens.

Syria’s civil war is now in its eighth year

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