Iranian Deputy FM Meets Kuwaiti Diplomat

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian held a meeting with Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled Sulaiman Al-Jarallah in Kuwait City.

Iranian Deputy FM Meets Kuwaiti Diplomat

The meeting took place ahead of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which opened in Kuwait today.

The Tuesday meeting saw the two diplomats discuss bilateral relations between Iran and the Persian Gulf kingdom of Kuwait, as well as the latest developments in the region, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

The Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria aims to attract international support for the Syrian refugees.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presides at the conference, which is witnessing a whole host of high-ranking officials from different countries in attendance.

Representatives of 86 countries, NGOs, regional and international structures have taken part at the conference.

During the gathering, Amir Abdollahian will reportedly outline the Islamic Republic’s stances on crisis-hit Syria, as well as the ways to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees.

According to a report released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the humanitarian situation in Syria and the condition for refugees in neighboring countries continue to deteriorate.

More than 9 million Syrians now need assistance, including 6.5 million people displaced inside their own country who are struggling to survive and cope with the crisis. And more than 2.2 million people have fled Syria since January 2012, seeking refuge in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

The 2nd Pledging Conference for Syria aims to rally international financial support to meet the basic humanitarian needs of these millions of Syrians.

In January 2013, the 1st Pledging Conference for Syria saw 43 UN member states pledge $1.5 billion towards humanitarian efforts. Those funds were used to provide life-saving assistance for millions of people in Syria and surrounding countries, including emergency food rations, mobile medical care and vaccinations, clean water and sanitation, and basic shelter.

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