Cameron, Merkel, Solberg Call for Doubling Financial Assistance to Syria

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FILE - In this June 5, 2014, file photo, a man rides a bicycle through a devastated part of Homs, Syria. From the three-year-old boy who washed ashore on a Turkish beach to the 71 migrants who suffocated in a truck in Austria to the daily scenes of chaos unfolding in European cities as governments try to halt a human tide heading north. There is no let up to the horrors that Syria’s civil war keeps producing. Syria’s brutal conflict, now in its fifth year, has touched off the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. About 250,000 people have been killed and more than one million wounded since March 2011, according to U.N. officials. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)

Cameron, Merkel, Solberg Call for Doubling Financial Assistance to Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg have agreed that financial assistance to conflict-torn Syria should be doubled.

The three held phone talks on Wednesday, discussing plans for the Syria donors conference scheduled to take place in London on February 4.

“They agreed the event would be a major moment in tackling what is now widely accepted as the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis and that all countries in attendance should look to at least double their 2015 financial contribution to the crisis, to better meet the great need identified in the UN appeals,” a spokesperson of the British Prime Minister’s Office said in a Wednesday statement.

Prime minister Cameron also held phone talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

“Both leaders agreed the Syria donors conference would be an important opportunity to boost support to refugees in the region, including through significant additional funding,” the Wednesday statement said.

According to the United Nations, over six million Syrian people have been displaced amid an ongoing civil war in the country, while 65 percent of the population lives in poverty.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, including Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh).

 

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