Israeli Dep. Minister Coordinating Aid to Syria
Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara has begun coordinating the transfer of humanitarian aid to Syrian citizens who are suffering deprivation under the regime of Bashar Assad and its brutal crackdown on the ongoing rebellion against it.
Kara sent his bureau chief Mendi Safadi to Paris, where he met Monday with representatives of the exiled Syrian "interim government" opposition to coordinate humanitarian assistance from Israel.
"The declaration by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Israel will transfer humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people proves that Israel is the only humanitarian country in the Middle East," the Syrian exiles told Safadi in their meeting Monday, according to Dep. Min. Kara's bureau.
Kara's bureau said that the deputy minister spoke by telephone with the head of the "interim government" and committed to transferring "all humanitarian assistance needed." The Syrian exiles, for their part, "expressed their appreciation for the moves that the deputy minister is leading to put a stop to the bloodshed, and for advancing regional stability and peace between the countries."
Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, has announced that Syria has approved her entry into the country and that she intends to arrive in Damascus Wednesday for a two-day visit.