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Trump: US to halt ‘ridiculous’ spending on stabilisation of Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin (not seen) after their bilateral meeting in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July, 2018 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin (not seen) after their bilateral meeting in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July, 2018 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

US President Donald Trump said his country will stop making annual payments to support Syria’s stabilisation programme.

In a tweet Trump wrote: “The United States has ended the ridiculous 230 Million Dollar yearly development payment to Syria.”

“Saudi Arabia and other rich countries in the Middle East will start making payments instead of the U.S. I want to develop the U.S., our military and countries that help us!” he continued.

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert announced earlier the halt of the Syria stabilisation spending, telling reporters that the US succeeded in getting other countries in the Middle East region to increase their financial contributions in Syria as part of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh.

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