KUWAIT CITY, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon said Wednesday that the second international donor conference on Syria has pledged 2.4 billion U.S. dollars to the conflict-torn country, according to Kuwait news agency KUNA.
In his speech at the end of the conference which was held in Kuwait, Ban said that the total pledges provided by the participating countries in the conference hit 2.4 billion dollars.
The funds raised during the conference will be allocated to finance urgent priorities and alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria, including aid supplies of food, medicine, education services, shelters for refugees and drinking water, Ban added.
For his part, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said that his country donated 500 million dollars to support the Syrians.
Meanwhile, the Unites States has pledged 380 million dollars, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who took part in the meeting, while Britain and Norway made contribution of 164 and 75 million dollars respectively.
Among the Arab countries that took part in the conference were Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Both of them pledged 60 million dollars.
Delegations of 60 countries participated in the conference.