US Calls on Ten New Countries to Take in Syrian Refugees, Pledge Assistance

© AFP 2022 / ANDY RAIN / POOLUS Secretary of State John Kerry addresses delegates during during a donor conference entitled 'Supporting Syria & The Region' at the QEII centre in central London on February 4, 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses delegates during during a donor conference entitled 'Supporting Syria & The Region' at the QEII centre in central London on February 4, 2016 - Sputnik International
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US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington would continue to press the international community to increase its response to humanitarian funding appeals for refugees by at least 30 percent.

In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 photo, people wait to leave the besieged town of Madaya, northwest of Damascus, Syria. Aid convoys reached three besieged villages on Monday — Madaya, near Damascus, where about 400 people need to be evacuated immediately to receive life-saving treatment for medical conditions, malnourishment and starvation, and the Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya in northern Syria - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is asking at least 10 more countries to pledge more assistance and open their doors to Syrian refugees, US Secretary of State John Kerry said during a speech in London on Thursday.

“We urge at least 10 countries to make pledges that have never made pledges before,” Kerry said. “We urge 10 nations to open their doors to refugee admissions that have not done so in the past.”

Kerry said that Washington would continue to press the international community to increase its response to humanitarian funding appeals for refugees by at least 30 percent.

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement on the Iran talks in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, July 5, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The US secretary of state also urged multilateral development banks to do more to assist countries in the region including Jordan and Lebanon and offer them concessional finance for programs helping communities and supporting job creation.

Kerry’s announcement come after the State Department has pledged on Thursday more than $600 million in humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees that will help countries such as Lebanon and Jordan as well as Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

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