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Polish aid for Syria

01.07.2020

The conference on assistance for Syria was organised jointly, for the fourth time, by the EU and the UN. This year, due to the epidemiological situation caused by Covid-19, the event was held in the form of a video conference.

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“From the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, Poland has been present in the Middle East region, providing necessary humanitarian aid for the civilian population. Since 2012, we have been engaged in bilateral and multilateral humanitarian aid for Syria and its neighbouring countries,” said Undersecretary of State Paweł Jabłoński during today’s conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”.

“Since 2017, Poland has donated nearly EUR 30.8 million for humanitarian aid for the Middle East. Poland strives to further support the region – refugees and internally displaced persons, as well as host communities in neighbouring countries. We are aware of the negative impact the conflict has on Syria’s neighbouring countries, and we reaffirm our commitment to provide them with assistance,” stressed Deputy Minister Paweł Jabłoński.

The conference brought together all entities and organisations engaged in assistance for Syria. It was an opportunity to build an effective response to the humanitarian crisis in the region, support the UN’s efforts to facilitate a comprehensive political resolution of the Syrian conflict, and mobilise necessary financial support for Syria and its neighbouring countries that host the largest number of Syrian refugees.

Poland has been engaged in providing assistance since the beginning of the war in Syria. The conflict has deprived millions of adults and children of their homes and future. According to data presented by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, since 2011, over 5.6 million people have fled Syria, over 6.6 million are internally displaced, and over 13 million are in need of humanitarian aid. Ten years after the conflict broke out, the situation in Syria and the region remains critical, and has been exacerbated by the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus.

 

MFA Press Office

Photo Tymon Markowski / MFA