The United States will provide a “significant amount” of new humanitarian aid for Syria even as stringent new sanctions take effect, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for the war-torn country announced today.
“The Caesar Act has very strong humanitarian provisions that require us — the US government — to explain to Congress and ensure in our actual sanctions targeting that we do not undercut the humanitarian efforts underway,” US Syria Envoy James Jeffrey said at a virtual Middle East Institute panel today. “The United States will be pledging a significant amount at the [European Union] pledging conference for humanitarian aid at the end of this month. Already with over $10.6 billion, we’re the largest humanitarian contributor. That will not stop, nor should it, in this time of COVID-19,” Jeffrey said.