Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

EU, UN assess Syria's reconstruction needs as donors gather

EU, UN assess Syria's reconstruction needs as donors gather

The comments from Chagai Tzuriel, director general of Israel's intelligence ministry, illustrate his country's growing concerns over its arch-foe Iran's involvement in the conflict in neighboring Syria.

Worldwide donors gather in Brussels on Wednesday to drum up financial aid and support for a lasting solution to the six-year-long conflict.

Syria's Bashar Assad wants to give out his own phone number to the United States President Donald Trump in case he wants to call him, Lebanese local media reported yesterday.

But the meeting is likely to be overshadowed by the Trump administration's announcement last week that it would no longer focus on Assad's removal, concentrating instead on the wider war against terrorism, including the Islamic State group.

"The Brussels Conference needs to provide some benefits to host communities, and particularly to the smallest enterprises - so that experienced trades people, farmers and teachers, among others, can put their skills to good use", said Alan Thomlinson.

Haley's comments stood in stark contrast to those of the previous UN ambassador, Samantha Power, who directly confronted Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies during a UN Security Council meeting in December with a fierce address.

"But this is a dramatic reminder of the fact that the situation on the ground still continues to be dramatic in many different parts of Syria", Mogherini said. Turkey has taken in the most Syrian refugees, almost 3 million, while Lebanon hosts more than 1 million and Jordan more than 600,000.

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It estimated that the war has caused more than $16 billion in lost crop and livestock production and farming assets.

"The message is on the human side we do not want to see the human support for Syria and Syrians diminishing", she said.

The conference will "also consider the prospects for post-agreement assistance once a genuinely inclusive political transition is firmly under way". The flow of Iranian tourists to Russian Federation increased by 50-70 percent following the operation of direct flights that connects Iran to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Sochi, she said.

The EU wants to work with regional players and the worldwide community "to support this political process".

He said more than 215 were injured in the attack, which targeted Khan Shaykun town in Idlib.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will reaffirm France's commitment to supporting the Syrian people and Syria's neighboring countries, especially Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

The UN estimates €3.4 billion (RM16.06 billion) is needed for humanitarian aid this year inside Syria, with another €4.7 billion required to help the refugees.

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