Romania will financially support countries hosting Syrian refugees

The number of refugees that found shelter in neighboring countries surpassed 250,000 after 18 months of conflict which has left over 27,000 people dead.

Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean announced, during an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers, Romania’s intention to financially support Syria’s neighbors in managing the situation of Syrian refugees. The informal meeting of foreign ministers of EU member states took place on Tuesday in New York, on the margins of the UN General Assembly meeting, being attended by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. According to Mediafax, during the meeting FM Corlatean expressed his preoccupation with the situation in Syria and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The meeting’s agenda also included the prospects of the Middle East peace process and the EU’s relation with Eastern Partnership states. In this context, Corlatean insisted on Georgia’s and the Republic of Moldova’s rapid progress in having the visa regime facilitated and in negotiating their EU association agreements, but also in consolidating the member state’s support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The Foreign Minister also took part in a working dinner attended by the EU and NATO foreign ministers, a meeting also attended by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The meeting’s agenda included the situation in Syria and the international community’s involvement in Afghanistan, as well as issues related to the Alliance’s eastern neighborhood. During the meeting Corlatean reaffirmed Romania’s commitment in Afghanistan, underlining that our country will respect the Allied timetable in what concerns the transition process in Afghanistan and the completion of the ISAF mission. He pointed out that Romania will continue to contribute to Afghanistan’s stability during the post-transition period too, through both its financial contribution to supporting Afghan security forces and NATO’s and EU’s assistance programmes dedicated to training the personnel of Afghan institutions that have responsibilities in the rule of law, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs.The number of Syrian refugees that found shelter in neighboring countries surpassed 250,000 after 18 months of conflict which has left over 27,000 people dead according to NGOs, UNHCR announced last week, the international community showing growing concern for this problem.

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