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  • 6 April 2017

    “We would like to express our solidarity with the people of Syria and assure them of our determination in seeking to put an end to their suffering. We are guided by a vision of peace, reconciliation and stability that the Syrians deserve to have in their home country,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski stressed in his speech at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region.

    The Polish side declared that it would implement a package of humanitarian aid for the Middle East, approved by the Polish government last year. “I have recalled our actions undertaken last year; I have recalled the sum we earmarked for aid in the first quarter – that is around 5 million euro. In a few weeks’ time I am visiting Lebanon where I will announce further aid measures for this year. We would like them to reach a dozen or so million euro,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy during a short press conference.


    The financial contribution of our country will serve to implement comprehensive actions targeting people in Syria, refugees, internally displaced people and their host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. These funds will also be used to support the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (MADAD). Polish aid is a token of solidarity with the countries affected by the humanitarian crisis and stems from a responsible approach to the challenge the migration crisis constitutes for the EU member states.

     


    The Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region follows up on the London Supporting Syria and the Region conference, held in February 2016, and three previous donor conferences organized for Syria in Kuwait. The meeting was organized by the European Union, the UN, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Qatar, and Kuwait. The main objective of the Brussels meeting was to increase aid for Syria, which has been affected by a prolonged conflict, and for its neighbouring countries, as well as to discuss the ways of achieving internal agreement and the country’s reconstruction. Representatives of over 60 countries and 20 international organisations were invited to the conference.

     
    During his stay in Brussels, Minister Witold Waszczykowski also met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “It was me who asked for this meeting. I wanted to know what the state of preparations for the NATO summit is. I also shared with Mr Stoltenberg my impressions after the EU meeting on the Middle East and today’s conference,” said the head of the Polish MFA. During the meeting, the two officials summed up the results of the NATO foreign ministers’ session, which took place in spring, and discussed major issues connected with the upcoming meeting of the leaders of member states, which will be held in Brussels on 25 May.

     
    MFA Press Office

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