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Last Updated: Thu, 31.01.13 9:45

Donor countries pledge over 1 bln USD in aid to Syria

The donor countries partaking in a conference in Kuwait pledged Wednesday to offer more than one billion U.S. dollars to support the Syrian people.

Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia each pledged to offer 300 million dollars to help the Syrian refugees and those within the country affected by nearly two years of conflict.

Addressing the inauguration session of the International humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria attended by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah pledged that his country will offer 300 million dollars for the Syrian people, the Kuwaiti state-run KUNA news agency reported.

The Kuwaiti leader called for coordinating the provision of relief supplies for Syrian people in and outside the country, the report said.

Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said at the conference that Saudi Arabia would contribute 300 million dollars to give a hand to Syrians affected by the 22-month conflict.

"The UAE decided to offer 300 million dollars for the Syrian people," KUNA quoted UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as saying during the gathering.

The United States pledged to pay a sum of 155 million dollars.

Addressing the gathering, U.S. representatives at the conference and head of U.S. Agency for International Development ( USAID) Rajiv Salah said, "Yesterday, the president of the United States of America announced that the U.S. is providing an additional 155 million dollars in humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria and the others suffering from the violence."

"With this new 155 million dollar, the U.S. is now providing more than 365 million dollars in humanitarian assistance," KUNA quoted Salah as saying.

As many as 77 local, regional and international charity organizations took part in the UN-sponsored conference. They pledged on Tuesday to pay 182 million dollars during a meeting hosted by the International Charitable Organization of Kuwait.

Kuwait City (Xinhua)