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India to pledge Rs 14 cr support for Syria

Posted on Jan 29, 06:01PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Jan 29 : The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday said India is closely following the developments in Syria and will be pledging an amount of around Rs. 14 crores towards the country's humanitarian assistance.

The MEA said Minister of State for External Affairs, E. Ahamed, will be participating in the 'High-level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria' to be held in Kuwait on Jan 30.

"The conference, which is an important initiative of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to express support to the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people, is being hosted by the Emir of Kuwait," said the MEA in a release.

"India has been closely following the developments in Syria and is deeply concerned about the hardships and sufferings of the people of Syria as a result of unabated violence in Syria," it said.

"India has already responded positively to the humanitarian needs of the people of Syria and had decided to provide humanitarian assistance to Syria in the form of life saving drugs and fortified biscuits."

"In keeping with India's commitment to extend support to the Syrian people, India will be pledging an amount of around Rs. 14 crores towards humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria in the conference. This assistance will be in the form of life saving drugs, food and other essential items required by the people of Syria," said the MEA.