Minister for Foreign Affairs Evarist Bartolo is calling for unhindered humanitarian access for the Syrian people, in compliance with international humanitarian law.
He said this while participating in the 4th Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future in Syria and the Region. Addressing the plenary session on the humanitarian dimension in Syria, the Minister noted that ten years have elapsed since the outbreak of the Syria conflict. He emphasised the need for the international community to remain focused on the realities on the ground.
He stressed the need for the humanitarian infrastructure in Syria to be de-politicised, especially when COVID-19 has further exacerbated the situation. He also paid tribute to all humanitarian actors, for their relentless efforts to deliver life-saving support to all those in need.
Bartolo also referred to the economic and social impact of COVID-19 on refugees and their host communities. Whilst commending the role played by neighbouring countries, particularly Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the Minister expressed his support for international efforts to alleviate the considerable setbacks faced by these governments. He called for a strengthened international response to mitigate the additional burdens arising from this pandemic.