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The trump card of the administration ends funding for Syria stabilization projects, how to get the United States out of the conflicts, citing higher contributions from anti-Islamic state coalition partners.
The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would spend some $230 million, is planned for Syria programs and shift money to other areas would instead. Most of this money is obligated, first of all, the former Secretary of state Rex Tillerson in February, was on the ice, and under criticism since he was fired in March. A small fraction of this amount was released in June.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the cut, which was authorized by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and not the humanitarian aid Fund, more than offset by an additional $300 million pledged by coalition partners, including $100 million that Saudi has announced Arabia, had late Thursday.
“As a result of the main partners of the contributions of coalition members, the Secretary Pompeo, the Department of State authorized to redirect about $230 million in the stabilisation Fund for Syria, the checks were,” she said in a statement.
Nauert said Pompeo decision took account of the White house, to increase the desire, the burden-sharing with allies.
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The money will be redirected” to support other key foreign policy priorities,” said Nauert, who rejected suggestions that the elimination of the Fund showed a decreasing US interest in Syria.
Still, the US move is a sign that the administration is to observe the trump demand to end U.S. involvement in Syria and reduce their commitment there.
In an attempt to reassure its partners in the coalition against the IS as well as opponents of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, officials said the administration, the appointment of veteran diplomatic troubleshooter James Jeffrey, a special envoy for Syria.
Jeffrey, a former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Iraq and Albania, which also served as the Deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush, holds the title of “special representative for Syria-commitment” and reported to the Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo. Jeffrey, who retired in 2012, also holds the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service: career Ambassador.
On Friday in the financing of the cut is the latest trump administration’s withdrawal from Syria. In may, the State Department announced that it was to the end of all means for the stabilization programs in Syria’s North-West. IS militants have been almost entirely eliminated from the region, who controlled troops-a mishmash of other extremist groups and the government.
In June, the management free, a small part — $6.6 million – $200 million, the Tillerson had pledged to continue funding for the White helmets of Syrian civil defense organization and of the International, Impartial and Independent mechanism, a U. N. Agency, that the investigation of war crimes during the conflict.
That left $193.4 million in the balance, would have the Treasury Department on Sept were sent. 30 at the end of this financial year, if it had remained unspent.
Last month, the United States, the eviction helped to organize, by Israel of White helmet workers from Syria in the South, where Assad launched the Russian-backed forces for a new offensive despite a de-escalation agreement between Washington and Moscow.
Nauert said that on Friday, the decision does not affect “life-saving, needs-based humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Syrians” or the US support for the White helmets or the U. N. mechanism.