US to pledge $500M in aid to Lebanon at Kuwait conference

US to pledge $500M in aid to Lebanon at Kuwait  conferenceimage

30 Mar 2015

The United States is prepared to announce $500 million in aid for Lebanon at an upcoming donor conference in Kuwait, according to media reports. Future TV quoted Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Saturday night as saying that the U.S. would pledge $500 million in aid to Lebanon at the International Humanitarian Donors for Syria scheduled for Tuesday in Kuwait. The conference, which Kuwait will be hosting for a third year in a row, aims at collecting international financial support for Syrians displaced by war. An-Nahar newspaper said Sunday that the $500 million would be channeled via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.) The reports did not specify if the aid will be provided to Syrian refugees or vulnerable Lebanese communities, or whether it would be distributed through the Lebanese agencies. Lebanon hosts around 1.2 million Syrian refugees, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. As many as 78 nations and 40 international organizations will attend the conference in Kuwait, also known as Kuwait III. The previous two gatherings collected nearly $3.9 billion in aid pledges. However, U.N. humanitarian agencies have complained that many donor countries have failed to follow through on pledges.