Saudi Arabia pledges $100 mln to rebuild Syria’s northeast

Saudi Arabia pledges $100 mln to rebuild Syria’s northeast

The kingdom said the 88-million-euro contribution would go towards a US-backed campaign to "stabilise" the one-time IS bastion and to help ensure the jihadists can not re-emerge as a threat.

The funds will be redirected "to support other key foreign policy priorities", said Nauert, who along with other officials rejected suggestions that the elimination of the funds showed diminishing USA interest in Syria.

In a tweet, Trump said "the United States has ended the ridiculous 230 Million Dollar yearly development payment to Syria".

The State Department "continues to work with the global community, members of the Coalition, and our partners on the ground to provide much needed stabilization support to vulnerable areas in Syria", the spokesperson said in March.

The officials said the cuts will be more than made up for by a $300 million investment from coalition partners, the AP reports, including Saudi Arabia. It was reported in late March that he froze more than $200 million in recovery funds to Syria, questioning how the money was being used in the country. "Our stabilization programs are targeted, they are prioritized, and they are focused on saving lives, demining, water, electricity and the basic necessities". American military presence and support for anti-government fighters remains, and, according to diplomat Brett McGurk, is gearing up to a "final phase" of the offensive against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

A report by the U.N.'s Arab countries agency ESCWA has cited experts as saying the volume of destruction of Syria's physical capital and its sectoral distribution exceeded $388 billion.

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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One for campaign fundraising events in Southampton, New York, U.S., August 17, 2018. He said the move is to ensure other members of the anti-IS coalition equally share the burden of making recaptured areas livable for the Syrian people.

The United States on Thursday welcomed Saudi Arabia's contribution of $100 million to help stabilize parts of Syria no longer held by Islamic State, which comes as the Trump administration looks to cut back on foreign aid.

Seven years of a brutal civil war in Syria has cost almost a half-million lives and the displacement of 11 million other Syrians.

Global efforts to achieve a political settlement to the conflict have so far failed to stop war.

US officials insisted that Washington's efforts would be focused on defeating ISIS in Syria.

The U.S. has been clear with Russian Federation that no reconstruction efforts will begin until the United Nations certifies that a credible irreversible political process is underway.

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