Saudi Arabia offer $100m to rebuild Syria’s shattered northeast

People buy fruits and vegetables at a market in Syria's Raqa which suffered extensive damage from the US-led coalition campaign to oust the Islamic State group

The department said it had raised $300 million from coalition partners for recovery efforts in areas retaken from Islamic State militants in the northeast of the country and the USA funds would be used to support other foreign policy priorities.

USA former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced on February 13 that the United States pledges 200 million US dollars in support of the anti-IS coalition efforts and recovery commitment in Syria.

An official source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA, "The Saudi authorities, who are plotters against the interests of the Arab nation, have pledged Dollars 100 million to the worldwide coalition led by Washington, in defiance of the UN Security Council resolutions related to the crisis in Syria".

"That's the door to getting what we believe the regime, the Russians, very much want, which is worldwide money flowing into the wreckage that is presently Syria", he said.

The Trump administration informed Congress on Friday that it would end $200 million worth of stabilization efforts in war-torn Syria as it attempts to remove USA forces from the conflict. Lack of US leadership=Undercutting US interests in Syria and around the world.

The Trump administration's decision should not impact funding for humanitarian assistance given to the Syrian people, according to a State Department spokesperson.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the United States has ended the development fund for Syria, urging "rich countries" to pay instead. "The focus is on the enduring fight against ISIS", said McGurk. James Jeffrey, a retired senior Foreign Service officer, was named Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's "representative for Syria engagement", Nauert said.

Both the Russian and Syrian governments want global funding to rebuild Syria, he said.

While Washington has long insisted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should go, the Trump administration appears to have accepted that Assad could remain until the end of his current seven-year presidential term in 2021.

That left $193.4 million in limbo that would have had to have been returned to the Treasury Department on September 30 at the end of this budget year if it had remained unspent.

"There should be no doubt as to the position of the president with respect to the broader issue of the USA enduring presence in Syria", Satterfield said.

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