UAE pledges $50m to help stabilise ISIL-hit Raqqa

UAE has promised to contribute funds to support stabilisation efforts in Raqqa and other areas retaken from ISIL in Syria
UAE pledges $50m to help stabilise ISIL-hit Raqqa
By Sam Bridge
Mon 16 Jul 2018 02:56 PM

The UAE has pledged to contribute $50 million to support stabilisation efforts in Raqqa and other areas retaken from ISIL in Syria.

The announcement was made by Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, during an address at the ministerial level meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh in the Belgian capital of Brussels, state news agency WAM reported.

"We are closely coordinating with the alliance to improve living conditions in affected areas," he was quoted as saying.

Al Bowardi stressed the importance of enhancing coordination between countries of the world and solidarity of the international community to eradicate the menace of terrorism, address its root causes and dry up sources of funding.

The meeting reviewed progress made by the alliance in fighting the terrorist group and other global efforts to realise security and stability in liberated areas.

Al Bowardi also chaired the UAE's delegation to the NATO Summit, which discussed an array of issues, including latest political and military developments in Afghanistan.

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