Kuwait, GCC states played vital role in helping Syrian refugees — Al-Harbi

By Handi Watfa

MADRID, Jan 29 (KUNA) — The GCC countries, specifically Kuwait, played an integral role in helping the Syrian refugees during their darkest times, said Kuwait’s Ambassador to Spain Dr. Suleiman Al-Harbi late Thursday.
Speaking at a roundtable focusing on the GCC contributions towards easing the plight of the Syrian refugees, Ambassador Al-Harbi said that his country, through the guidelines set by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, had organized three donors conferences in 2013, 2014, and 2015 to address the issue of some 13.5 million Syrian refugees and displaced who were being heavily affected by the crisis in their country since 2011.
Dr. Al-Harbi said, during the event organized by Casa Arabe (Arab House), that honoring Kuwait with the co-organization of the fourth donors’ conference for Syria in London next February was another indication of the strong role played by the Gulf country in helping the refugees. The fourth event will be organized by the UK, Germany, and Norway.
The previous conferences had managed to gather USD 3.8 billion according to the UN with Kuwait donated around USD 1.4 billion, said the Kuwaiti Ambassador who urged international participants give more.
On their part, Gulf and Arab Ambassadors attending the roundtable showcased their countries’ own contributions to help the Syrian refugees, stressing that a just and feasible solution should be found to end the crisis in Syria. (end) hnd.gta