US, Allies Refuse To Offer Reconstruction Aid To Syria Without Credible Political Process

US, Allies Refuse to Offer Reconstruction Aid to Syria Without Credible Political Process

The United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom said in a joint statement on Friday that they will not consider providing reconstruction assistance to Syria until a credible political process is underway

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th March, 2019) The United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom said in a joint statement on Friday that they will not consider providing reconstruction assistance to Syria until a credible political process is underway.

"The Governments of France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States reiterate our support for the UN-led process in Geneva and UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2254 to bring about a peaceful and stable Syria," the statement said. "We are clear that we will not consider providing or supporting any reconstruction assistance until a credible, substantive, and genuine political process is irreversibly underway."

The United States and its allies reject the opinion of Syria and Russia that conditions are right for reconstruction and call on them to come to the negotiating table to reach a political solution to the conflict, the statement said.

As the armed conflict in Syria seems to be nearing its end and Damascus has regained control over the vast territories that were previously controlled by terrorist groups and rebels, Syria has already launched the reconstruction process and started welcoming back refugees.

Last year, Syrian President Bashar Assad estimated that it may take up to $400 billion to reconstruct the country after the conflict. In many Syrian cities, infrastructure was destroyed, while the country's transport system also needs to be restored. The situation is compounded by the fact that the United States and European Union have imposed sanctions that prevent other countries from helping Syria.

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