Last updated: 18 January, 2015

Kuwait to host third Syria donors conference

Kuwait will host a third donors conference to raise funds for UN humanitarian operations in war-torn Syria, the foreign minister said on Sunday.

Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah told reporters Kuwait would host the meeting at the request of UN chief Ban Ki-moon but that timing was still being worked out.

The Gulf state has hosted previous such conferences in the past two years which saw pledges of around $4 billion in aid, including $800 million from Kuwait.

But UN humanitarian agencies have complained that many donors have not followed through on pledges, forcing them to cut assistance to millions of Syrians.

A team made up of representatives of the biggest 15 donor states will meet by the end of January to review compliance on pledges, Sheikh Sabah said.