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Minister Fajon announces humanitarian aid at the 8th Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region

On the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Fajon attended an international conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region. She welcomed UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen's efforts to make progress on the resolution of the conflict in Syria and announced new humanitarian aid from Slovenia.

At the conference, which was attended by foreign ministers from the Middle East, the EU and other countries, as well as senior representatives of UN specialised agencies and regional organisations, Minister Fajon welcomed the eighth edition of the conference. Since 2013, Slovenia has regularly responded to the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighbouring countries with contributions to international organisations totalling EUR 1.15 million. In addition, over the past five years, Slovenia has contributed more than EUR 1.1 million to the implementation of humanitarian projects in Syria.

"For more than 13 years, the Syrian people have suffered destruction, death, gross human rights violations and despair. An end to the conflict and a successful political transition in Syria are long overdue," she said, calling on all actors to act in good faith and for the good of Syria: "There must be full engagement and cooperation with UN Special Envoy Pedersen to restart the Syrian-led political process. Only a political solution to end this conflict can restore hope to the Syrian people."

Minister Fajon said that Slovenia would continue to support Syria and announced a contribution of EUR 200,000.

In the margins of the conference, she held a bilateral meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib, with whom she discussed the situation in the region and the EU's support for Syrian refugees.