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Greece, Romania to offer humanitarian aid to Syria


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Romanian Secretary of State Raed Arafat said in a press briefing on Wednesday that support for Syria, following the earthquake that devastated the Arab country and Turkey had already been discussed and that the country will offer humanitarian aid.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias made it clear that Greece will do everything it can to help the people of Syria, who have been suffering immensely by Monday's deadly earthquake.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contacted the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the United Nations, as announced by the head of Greek diplomacy.

Greece announced on Wednesday that it was sending a humanitarian aid mission to Syria. The relevant request to the European Civil Protection Mechanism was activated by Damascus after several days delay.

It's interesting that Romania and Greece are offering help because it's usually other Arab nations (and Russia) doing it as the Assad regime is internationally seen as a pariah regime and sanctions and the civil war affect the process of aid delivery.

Source: https://www.libertatea.ro/stiri/raed-arafat-ajutor-romania-siria-cutremur-turcia-sprijin-umanitar-4440677/amp#amp_tf=De la %1%24s&aoh=16759197919265&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com, 

 

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Good intentions but let's see if it ACTUALLY gets there :saladga:

 

After what happened in Haiti and countless others I always get skeptical and in a politically unstable and harsh place like Syria I'm even more skeptical

 

It's infuriating how something as simple as humanitarian aid has to always become so disorganized and logistically difficult to actually get to the people

 

And of course in many cases, politics also getting in the way

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21 minutes ago, Economy said:

Good intentions but let's see if it ACTUALLY gets there :saladga:

 

After what happened in Haiti and countless others I always get skeptical and in a politically unstable and harsh place like Syria I'm even more skeptical

 

It's infuriating how something as simple as humanitarian aid has to always become so disorganized and logistically difficult to actually get to the people

 

And of course in many cases, politics also getting in the way

Romania at least wants to send OBJECTS (pillows etc). Which are more difficult to steal, even though questioning it is fair given the situation Syria is in. Also, I am going to put it out there that Turkey and Syria are both corrupt countries. But Syria is both in an ongoing/ frozen conflict with various factions and rebels, and is also geopolitically a pariah unlike Turkey.

There is a reason why mostly Arab countries decided to aid Syria, and in Europe Russia, Greece and Romania are interestingly outliers. I think a certain cultural affinity is at play because while Syria is majority Muslim, 10% of Syrians are Christians of the Eastern or Oriental kind. So it makes sense Orthodox nations would be the ones trying to step before the rest. And there are other factors including the influence of the Arab diaspora in Romania (which Raed Arafat belongs to), Russia's deep alliance with Assad etc.

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Neighbouring Arab countries, Iran, Israel and India pledged to send help so far.

And now Italy!

 

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Austria also sent something a while ago

 

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