Washington, DC, United States (4E) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is in Australia for annual security and defense talks, on Wednesday announced a humanitarian aid of $30 million for conflict-affected people in Syria.
“Today I’m pleased to announce that the US is providing an additional US$30 million in humanitarian assistance to help get much-needed food to hungry people inside Syria and to refugees who have fled to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq,” Clinton said.
The announcement came after the formation of a new Syrian opposition coalition earlier this week that she described as “a good beginning”. “We agreed today that the formation of the new Syrian opposition coalition is an important step forward and will help the international community better target our assistance where it is needed most,” she said.
The international community had long called for this kind of organization, urging Syrians to maintain the momentum.
“Specifically we urge them to finalise the organisational arrangements to support the commitments that they made in Doha and to begin influencing events on the ground in Syria. As the Syrian opposition takes these steps, and demonstrates its effectiveness in advancing the case of a unified, democratic, pluralistic Syria, we will be prepared to work with them to deliver assistance to the Syrian people,” she said.