Kingdom recognizes Syrian National Coalition, provides $100 million in aid

December 12, 2012

The Kingdom announced today that it has recognized the Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and that it plans to provide $100 million in assistance to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis. This came in a speech by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who is leading a delegation to the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People held in Marrakesh, Morocco.

During his address, Prince Saud warned that the situation is deteriorating and insisted that the vast human suffering cannot be tolerated. Furthermore, he cited the possibility that chemical weapons may be employed. The Foreign Minister urged unity both inside and outside of Syria in order to resolve the situation. “We hope that the formation of the [National] 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,” he said.

Prince Saud insisted that the U.N. Security Council must live up to its responsibility to maintain international peace and security. “The Security Council shall not be transferred into a field for competition among permanent representatives or a place for them to settle disputes,” he said.

Citing the humanitarian crisis and the large numbers of Syrian refugees depending on outside aid, Prince Saud welcomed international efforts to provide aid to those in need. He concluded by stating, “I am pleased to announce the Kingdom’s donation of $100 million as assistance through the National Coalition for supporting the Syrian people.”