Humanitarian funding requirements for the UN-run programmes for Syria are only a fraction fulfilled, despite the worsening humanitarian situation in the country, according to a senior UN official.
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has announced that it will restore ties with the Syrian regime, while the E.U.’s strategy for relations with Damascus remains unclear.
The following is an interview conducted by The Syria Report with Dan Stoenescu, head of the European Union Delegation to Syria. Mr Stonescu talks about a variety of issues, including the outcomes of the latest Brussels conference, the renewal of the U.N. resolution on the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing, the OFAC licence authorising investment in Syria's northern areas, the ties between member states and the Syrian government.
Some EUR 6.4 billion was pledged towards funding the international humanitarian aid effort in Syria during the 2022 Brussels Conference held on May 10. The amount is higher than last year and from what was originally expected. Of this amount, EUR 4.1 billion is allocated for this year and EUR 2.3 billion for 2023.
Pledges for the upcoming Brussels conference on the humanitarian crisis in Syria are expected to decrease in line with the downward trend of pledges since 2021 due to funding shortfalls, donor fatigue, and the potential impacts of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
On March 8, Switzerland’s Ambassador to Lebanon Marion Weichelt met with Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in Damascus to be accredited as the new non-resident Chargé d’Affaires.