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Foreign Ministry reviews preps for 2nd Syria donors conference IICO to supervise efforts to aid Syrian refugees

KUWAIT, Jan 6, (KUNA): Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah discussed here on Monday with a number of ministry officials preparations underway to host the 2nd donors conference due here on Jan 15. A Foreign Ministry statement said that Al-Jarallah gave his directives to the staffers of the ministry in order to do their best during the upcoming international conference. Al-Jarallah said Sunday Arab countries would hold a coordination meeting before the Geneva II conference, to discuss ideas and proposals that might be submitted to the Jan 22 meeting.

Representatives of the Arab countries that will be invited for the Geneva II meeting would coordinate their proposals and ideas to the conference, Al- Jarallah told reporters on sidelines of a ceremony held by the Spanish embassy to decorate Kuwait’s former Ambassador in Madrid Adel Al-Ayyar the Order of Civil Merit. “The State of Kuwait will receive an invitation to attend the Geneva II conference over the Syrian conflict,” he said.

He hoped the National Coalition Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces would attend the meeting “because the conference will be senseless without the participation of the coalition.” Asked about the second donors conference for Syria, due in Kuwait on Jan 15, Al-Jarallah hoped pledges would be high “so we can reach the $6.4 billion target set by the UN.” He said the Syrian people have suffered greatly. “Everybody in the conference realizes that they (Syrians) are in dire need of assistance and support ... through generous contributions from participants.”

Meanwhile, President of the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) and envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Dr Abdullah Al- Maatouq, said Monday that more than 30 Kuwaiti charitable organizations and non-profit societies have unanimously agreed on the need to form a coordination committee under the IICO supervision to unite efforts for implementing Kuwait’s integrated charity project to aid the Syrian refugees.

This came in a press statement following Al-Maatouq’s sponsorship of a meeting for a number of Kuwaiti charitable organizations and non-profit societies that was called for by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria. He said that the conferees have agreed to put this issue for discussion within pledges of the non-governmental organizations at their second international conference slated for Jan 14 before submitting it to the international donors’ conference to be held here on Dec 15, where each charitable society would come up with its own project according to its specialization and the nature of its activity.

Al-Maatouq pointed out that the world is heading into strategic alliances and partnerships in order to accomplish the big issues, stressing that voluntary organizations and charities are not immune to this evolution in human thought and relentless pursuit to build partnerships and launch joint projects that contribute to aiding mankind, especially with the Syrian refugees.

He expressed his hope that this project would be a new start for the coordination efforts and joint action between the various Kuwaiti charitable organizations, emphasizing the need that these efforts be accompanied by a unified media discourse that would maximize partnership efforts and contribute to the success of this mission.

He welcomed the IICO’s signing of a cooperation protocol or a Charter for humanitarian work with various charities and non-profit organizations. For her part, director of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kuwait Hanan Hamdan praised in a statement Kuwait’s humanitarian relief efforts for the Syrian refugees, noting that the UNHCR received $110 million from Kuwait pledges at the 1st donors conference out of $300 million which benefited more than 1.5 Syrian refugees.

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