Saudi Arabia says it contributes USD 100 mn for northeast Syria

Dubai: Saudi Arabia says it has contributed USD 100 million to northeast Syria for “stabilisation projects” in areas once held by the Islamic State group.

A statement early today from the Saudi Embassy in Washington says the money “will save lives, help facilitate the return of displaced Syrians and help ensure that ISIS cannot reemerge to threaten Syria, its neighbours, or plan attacks against the international community,” using an alternate acronym for the militant group.

The statement says the money will go toward agriculture, education, road works, rubble removal and water service for the region, which is now largely held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

The kingdom says the USD 100 million is part of a pledge made by Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during a conference in Brussels about the Islamic State group.

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