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US outsources Syria aid to Gulf

In an apparent win for the Donald Trump administration, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to pick up the tab to stabilize Syria.
Humanitarian aid is prepared to be delivered to Syria, in the town of Ramtha, Jordan, July 2, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC12927A2020

The Donald Trump administration is cutting $230 million in stabilization assistance for Syria after several Gulf states agreed to pick up the tab.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement today that the United States “has elicited approximately $300 million in contributions and pledges from coalition partners to support critical stabilization and early recovery initiatives in areas liberated from [the Islamic State (IS)] in northeast Syria, including a generous contribution of $100 million by Saudi Arabia and $50 million pledged by the United Arab Emirates.”

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