Supporting Syria & the Region, London 2016
LONDON [ ABN NEWS ] — His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has expressed gratitude to British Prime Minister David Cameron for the elaborate reception of His Highness and his accompanying delegation at the Fourth International Donors Conference on Syria, hosted by the British capital on Thursday.
In a cable addressed to Cameron, the Prime Minister of the friendly United Kingdom (UK), His Highness the Amir expressed deep admiration and utmost satisfaction for the generous and glamorous hospitality accorded to His Highness and his delegation of senior officials.
His Highness Sheikh Sabah also noted that he was greatly pleased for co-chairing the conference with Prime Minister Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. He appreciated the friendly UK’s hosting of this significant conference, praising its good results, namely pledged generous contributions, declared for aiding the brotherly Syrian people.
Moreover, His Highness the Amir, in the cable to Cameron, expressed content for results of their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the event, during which they exchanged views on various issues concerning the two friendly countries, namely bilateral relations and means of cementing mutual cooperation in diverse sectors. His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, in conclusion, expressed good wishes to Cameron and his nation. He also hoped to see further promotion of the historic bilateral relations between the State of Kuwait and the friendly UK.
Cameron welcomed world leaders to the Syria conference in London:
A warm welcome to London – and on behalf of my co-hosts Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Prime Minister Solberg, and His Highness the Amir of Kuwait – thank you for your support today.
We could not have a stronger gathering to address one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. World leaders from 30 different countries, delegations from 60. NGOs and Civil society – the majority from within Syria. UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions, Multilateral Development Banks, and more – all here with us today.
And if ever there was a moment to take a new approach to the humanitarian crisis in
Syria – surely it is now.
We are facing a critical shortfall in life-saving aid that is fatally holding back the humanitarian effort.
And after years of conflict we are witnessing a desperate movement of humanity as hundreds of thousands of Syrians fear they have no alternative than to put their lives in the hands of evil people smugglers in the search for a future.
Meanwhile Syria’s neighbours are struggling under the strain of hosting huge numbers of refugees and trying to maintain services and create jobs for their own people.
Of course, the long-term solution to the crisis in Syria can only be reached with a political transition to a new government that meets the needs of all its people. And we must continue to work towards that, however difficult it may be.
But while we pursue a solution to this horrific conflict, we can also take vital steps now which will make a real difference to people’s lives both today and long into the future.
We can provide the help that Syrians need now – with pledges of aid – food and medical supplies – that will quite literally save lives.
We can provide refugees with the opportunities and skills they need to make a life for themselves and their families in host communities – giving them a viable alternative to remain in the region and equipping them for the day they can eventually return home to rebuild their country.
And, critically, we can support those host countries and communities which are showing such enormous generosity in providing refuge to Syrians with no choice but to flee destruction.