Announcing the date of the eighth Brussels conference to support the future of Syria and the region

Announcing the date of the eighth Brussels conference to support the future of Syria and the region

Apr 18 2024

ARK News… The announcement of the eighth Brussels Conference in support of the future of Syria and the region has been made for April 30th by the European Union, continuing "to mobilize all available tools to support the negotiated political solution in line with Resolution 2254."

According to the European Union statement, approximately 800 participants will attend the conference, providing an invaluable opportunity for engagement and deepening dialogue with the Syrian community from Syria, neighboring countries, and the diaspora, as well as key stakeholders from the United Nations and its agencies, EU member states, third countries, and representatives from international non-governmental organizations.

The conference aims to mobilize vital financial support to alleviate the crisis, meet the needs of Syrians and their host communities in neighboring countries, especially Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and Iraq.

The statement further emphasizes the renewed support of the international community for the Syrian people and the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, towards a negotiated political solution to the conflict in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

Andreas Papadopoulos, the Director for the Middle East in the European Commission, stated on the X platform that senior European officials met in Brussels to discuss the most effective ways to meet the immense humanitarian needs in Syria and prepare for the eighth Brussels Conference.

He stressed that "funding, aid delivery, early recovery projects, and respect for international humanitarian law remain essential in Syria."

At the conclusion of the seventh conference held in Brussels in June 2023, the European Union, the United States, and international donors pledged to provide €9.6 billion for the Syrian people and the hosting countries for Syrian refugees.

Of this amount, €5.6 billion will be provided in grants, including €4.6 billion for 2023 and €1 billion for 2024, according to the final statement of the conference at that time.

Additionally, international financial institutions and donor countries announced concessional loans totaling €4 billion to support the Syrian people and host countries.