US declines to help Syria in wake of disastrous earthquakes


(MENAFN) Despite this week's terrible earthquakes, the United States has decided not to engage Bashar Assad's regime in Syria. Numerous other nations have provided assistance to Turkey and Syria after the natural catastrophe caused extensive harm.

Ned Price, a spokesman for the US State Department, informed reporters on Monday that although Washington is "a partner to the people of Syria," it would be “ironic, if not even counterproductive, for us to reach out to a government that has brutalized its people over the course of a dozen years now.”

Price argued that the United States had "humanitarian partners on the ground who can provide the type of assistance in the aftermath of these tragic earthquakes" instead. Additionally, he claimed that compared to other nations, Washington has "more humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria than any other country going forward."

On Monday, a series of devastating earthquakes that struck southern Turkey and western Syria caused nearly 4,000 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries. Many nations have given support to Ankara and Damascus, sending personnel to aid with rescue operations, among other things. More than a hundred emergency response professionals from Russia have already arrived in both nations.

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