Germany pledges another €1.169 billion to support Syria

6 April 2017
Foreign Minister Gabriel at the Supporting Syria Conference in Brussels

Gabriel: Political process to solve crisis in Syria needs new impetus

Foreign Minister Gabriel has pledged another1.169 billion to support Syria at the donor conference in Brussels on Wednesday, 5 April. Earlier this week, Foreign Minister Gabriel and Foreign Secretary Johnson agreed on the need for close cooperation between Germany and the UK in order to find a solution for the conflict.

More than 70 delegations attended the conference on Syria in the Belgian capital on 4 and 5 April to discuss possibilities of tangible support for the people suffering in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

Germany co-hosted the second international conference together with the European Union, Kuwait, Norway, Quatar, the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

The conference is viewed as an important step towards improving the situation in Syria.

On Tuesday, 4 April Germany and the UK agreed that the political process to solve the Syrian crisis needed new impetus, Gabriel said in London. Germany and the UK would work together with France and the USA to advance the peace process.

The UK and Germany are committed advocates of humanitarian support for Syria.

On the margins of his visit to London, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement on Tuesday, 4 April on the reports of a poison gas attack in Syria’s Idlib province:

Should reports be confirmed that people in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun were victims of a poison gas attack for which the Syrian regime is responsible, this would be an act that plumbs the depths of cruelty. It would be yet another reason why we must not count on the Assad regime to help in the fight against terrorism.

We trust that the United Nations Security Council will take a clear stance should this suspicion be confirmed. Anyone who is responsible for such acts must know that, sooner or later, he will be brought to justice. This is one of the reasons why Germany is assisting UN efforts to collect evidence of the most serious violations of human rights in Syria.

Both the use of chemical weapons and targeted attacks on medical facilities violate international humanitarian law, as well as all standards of the international community and in particular the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria joined in 2013.

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Foreign Minister Gabriel visits London for bilateral talks

Foreign Minister Gabriel meeting with Foreign Secretary Johnson in London

On 4 April, Sigmar Gabriel visited London for the first time as Foreign Minister and met with his British colleagues Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and David Davis, Secretary for Exiting the EU. The talks with Johnson focussed on Brexit, as well as Syria. Germany and the UK intend to continue to work closely together in the future to find a solution for the conflict.