U.S. vows anti-Syria bid despite funding cut

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Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by USA -backed forces.

In a statement, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the Department of State to "redirect approximately $230 million in stabilization funds for Syria which have been under review".

"Lack of US leadership=Undercutting US interests in Syria and around the world".

This decision was made by the Secretary, in consultation with the White House, and took into account the already significant military and financial contributions made by the United States to date, the President's guidance on the need to increase burden sharing with allies and partners, and significant new pledges made by Coalition partners.

"The United States is the largest single country humanitarian donor for the Syria response, providing almost $8.1 billion in humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis for those displaced inside Syria and the region", the statement said.

Brett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, also said in the teleconference that "long-term reconstruction needs are tied very much to the political process in Geneva".

The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the US from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners.

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Nauert also stated that in a bid to reassure coalition partners and other opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Pompeo appointed veteran diplomatic troubleshooter, James Jeffrey, to be a special envoy for Syria.

President Trump said he's standing by his campaign promise to pull the USA out of Syria and wants to dramatically cut back on America's footprint in the country.

The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate itself from the conflict.

President Donald Trump had frozen the funds in March while his administration reassessed Washington's role in the Syrian conflict.

US officials insisted that Washington's efforts would be focussed on defeating Islamic State in Syria.

Around $6.6m from the pledged amount was released in June to continue funding for the White Helmets, a voluntary civil defence organisation rescuing people after air strikes. "The focus is on the enduring fight against ISIS", he added. "I want to develop the USA, our military and countries that help us!"

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