Saudi Arabia Pledges $100 Million to Support the People of Syria

December 13, 2012

[Washington, D.C.] – Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal headed the Saudi delegation to the 4th Ministerial Meeting for the Group of Friends of the Syrian People yesterday in Marrakesh, Morocco. Prince Saud announced the Kingdom’s recognition of the Syrian National Coalition as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people and pledged $100 million in assistance on behalf of the Saudi government to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

In his speech, Prince Saudi said, “We hope that the formation of the coalition will enable the Syrian opposition to develop a comprehensive and clear perspective including the rights of all Syrian people in order to achieve the noble aspirations of the Syrian people in maintaining the unity of Syria's territories, people, sovereignty and independence.”

Prince Saud highlighted the humanitarian situation in Syria as the main concern, in light of the increasing number of Syrian refugees, and announced the Kingdom’s donation of $100 million in assistance through the Syrian National Coalition.