EU promises 3 billion euros for Syria, neighbours

The European Union will provide more than 3 billion euros (3.4 billion dollars) this year to help people in war-torn Syria and neighbouring countries, EU President Donald Tusk says.

"Syria's neighbours have shown tremendous efforts in accommodating over 4.6 million refugees," Tusk says, adding that Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey "are providing a global public good" by helping them.

"Refugees have had little choice but to flee their country," he tells a London conference on Syria. "And now after so many years of conflict, people have lost hope. We have a moral duty to bring their hope back."

The European Union has already spent 5 billion euros assisting with the Syrian crisis, Tusk says.

Last update: Thu, 04/02/2016 - 15:50

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