Top Turkish diplomat to attend conference on Syria
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his international counterparts will take part in the IV Brussels Conference, to be co-chaired by the European Union and the U.N., the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“During the conference, which is the main platform for financial pledges for Syria, and regional countries hosting Syrians, including Turkey, donor countries and other stakeholders will declare their financial contributions for the period ahead,” the statement said.
The meeting aims to support efforts for a U.N.-sponsored political solution to the Syrian conflict, and address the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.
“Turkey, in line with equitable burden- and responsibility sharing, expects the continuation of international community support during the conference organized at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened living conditions of displaced Syrians, thus increasing the burden on host countries," the statement added.
Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to U.N. estimates.
Turkey has long promoted a political solution to the conflict, working for cease-fires to protect civilians from the ravages of war, encouraging safe access for humanitarian aid, and supporting a commission to draw up a new Syrian constitution.
Ankara has also worked for the safety of local Syrians near its borders by preventing the formation of a terrorist corridor there.
Turkey currently hosts some 3.6 million Syrian refugees, more than any country in the world.