We are convening here today together with the United Nations the Third Brussels Conference [on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”], gathering 80 international delegations, more than 50 countries for two main reasons.
The first one is to keep Syria and the Syrian people on top of the international agenda. The European Union has been supporting Syrian people inside and outside of Syria since the beginning of the crisis, with both political and humanitarian support – €17 billion mobilised only from the European Union.
The second reason is to mobilise international financial support for the Syrians, for humanitarian aid both inside the country and in the neighbouring countries.
I will expect to have a good conference with quite an impressive participation, the convening power of the European Union and the UN together is still remarkable and I hope with a strong push for the political process to resume.