S.Arabia contributes $100m to anti-Daesh global fight

Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria

Trump cancels funding for U.S. stabilization efforts in Syria | TheHill

Yet the funding cut is regarded as the latest United States financial retreat from Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump froze $230 million USA in reconstruction funds for Syria in March while the U.S. reassessed its role in the conflict.

Consistent with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's contributions to date, this additional $100 million will save lives, help facilitate the return of displaced Syrians, and help ensure that Daesh can not reemerge to threaten Syria, its neighbours, or plan attacks against the worldwide community.

"The United States is the largest single country humanitarian donor for the Syria response, providing almost $8.1 billion in humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis for those displaced inside Syria and the region", the statement said.

The US Department of State has announced it will cut funding worth more than $200m for projects promoting stabilisation in Syria.

Nauert said that Friday's decision would not affect "life-saving, needs-based humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Syrians" or USA support for the White Helmets or the United Nations mechanism.

Saudi Arabia said on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) group and now controlled by US-backed forces.

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Still, the USA move is a sign the administration is heeding Trump's demand to end US involvement in Syria and reduce its commitment there.

Brett McGurk, the US special envoy to the coalition fighting against Islamic State, will remain in his role as the USA -coalition prepares to clean up the last remaining militants in an area around the town of Hajin in eastern Syria.

"The President has made clear that we are prepared to remain in Syria until the enduring defeat of ISIS, and we remain focused on ensuring the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their proxies", the statement added.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey was named U.S. special representative to Syria on August 17.

However, U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly ordered in March a hold on the funds, demanding more information on how the money is being used, and urging other countries to step up to the plate and pay more. ISIS is an alternate acronym for the militant group. However, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert explained to reporters that the US would remain active in Syria until the Islamic State had been defeated.

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.

"This substantial contribution will play a critical role in the coalition's efforts to revitalize communities, such as Raqqa, that have been devastated by ISIS terrorists", the embassy said in a statement. "I want to develop the USA, our military and countries that help us!"

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