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Egypt to attend Brussels II conference on Syrian crisis

- 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.

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Syria’s civil war is now in its eighth year

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