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Taiwan pledges US$1 million to stabilization efforts in Syria

2018/08/18 19:35:14

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Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Taiwan has pledged a donation of US$1 million to help with the demining work in Syria, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed Saturday, following an international news agency report on the issue the previous day.

According to the Reuters report, the U.S. has raised US$300 million from its coalition partners, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Taiwan, Kuwait, Germany and France, for its Syria stabilization program.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged to donate US$100 million and US$50 million, respectively, the report said, but did not give a figure for Taiwan.

Confirming Taiwan's involvement, MOFA spokesperson Andrew Lee (李憲章) said Taiwan in June pledged a donation of US$1 million for demining, which it hopes will lead to Syrian refugees being able to return and rebuild their hometowns as soon as possible.

Taiwan has been committed to the stabilization efforts in Syria since 2014, when Taiwan became a member of the U.S.-led Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS, Lee told CNA.

(By Elaine Hou and Hsu Hsiao-ling)