Saudi Arabia contributes $100m for northeast Syria

Published: August 17, 2018 13:30:54 | Updated: August 18, 2018 21:57:33

Saudi Arabia says it has contributed 100 million US dollar to northeast Syria for "stabilisation projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group.

The money "will save lives, help facilitate the return of displaced Syrians and help ensure that ISIS cannot reemerge to threaten Syria, its neighbours, or plan attacks against the international community," using an alternate acronym for the militant group, said a statement from the Saudi Embassy in US.

The statement says the money will go toward agriculture, education, roadworks, rubble removal and water service for the region, which is now largely held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

The kingdom says the $100 million is part of a pledge made by Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during a conference in Brussels about the Islamic State group, reports AP.

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