Qatar Announces $100 Mln Contribution to Alleviate Syrian Humanitarian Disaster

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani announced a new pledge of $100 million in 2018 by the State of Qatar in continuation of its commitment to alleviate the Syrian humanitarian disaster.

HE the minister made the remarks as he addressed the second Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” in the presence of U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, High Representative of the EU for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and a large number of officials.

As part of the State of Qatar’s pledge to support the oppressed people of Syria, Doha continues to commit itself to alleviating the impact of the Syrian humanitarian disaster, HE the minister said as he announced a new pledge of $100 million for 2018.

He added that as part of Qatar’s strategy of building peace and stability through education, 50 percent of the grant will be allocated to educate Syrian students inside and outside Syria.

On this day of last year, the same countries participated in the first Brussels conference and the meeting may take place again next year and even until the 10th edition while the Syrian crisis prevails because of the absence of a political solution that countries have long declared that they agree upon but disagree upon its form.

HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that the international community began to move after the recent chemical attack, which was one of many on the Syrian people, adding that pain was visible on the faces of children and women.

He stressed that the international community should resolve the issue of the Syrian people and not deal with just one attack, noting that this should happen through a political solution that all parties agree on.

HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani concluded that the State of Qatar will continue to support the Syrian people.

The previous Brussels conference saw the State of Qatar pledge $100 million, and fulfilled that pledge and even increased it to $108 million, while its contribution to the London 2016 conference amounted to $101.241 million.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs