Trump releases USD 50 mln in “stabilization assistance” for Syria – WH

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump released USD 50 million “in stabilization assistance for Syria to protect persecuted ethnic and religious minorities, and advance human rights,” the White House announced Saturday evening.

“This funding will provide emergency financial assistance to Syrian human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and reconciliation efforts directly supporting ethnic and religious minority victims of the conflict,” the statement read, adding that added that “it will also go toward increased accountability, removal of explosive remnants of war, community security for stabilization assistance, documenting human rights abuses and international humanitarian law violations and support for survivors of gender-based violence and torture.

“We hope regional and international partners will continue their contributions as well,” the statement noted.

It affirmed that “ensuring the freedom and safety of ethnic and religious minorities remains a top priority for this Administration.” Meanwhile, in remarks at the Values Voters Summit Saturday evening, Trump said “I don’t think our soldiers should be there for the next 15 years guarding a border between Turkey and Syria when we can’t guard our own borders.” He reiterated, “We’ve been in these wars now, one of them 19 years, they didn’t fight to win.” He added, “These wars they never end,” stressing “we have to bring them home, it’s time”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency