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Syrian Arabic Republic: Overseas Aid

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid was given by the UK to Syria in (a) 1999 and (b) 2006. (140221)

The UK provided £90,000 bilaterally in official development assistance (oda) to Syria in 1999, when our estimated share of multilateral oda was £2,084,000. No oda was granted bilaterally by the UK in 2006. Figures for the breakdown of our share of 2006 multilateral oda are not yet available. DFID does not maintain a bilateral programme in Syria. However, the UK provides significant support to countries in the Middle East through multilateral channels, in particular a £1.5 billion share of the EC’s European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument’s (ENPI) £8.3 billion support from 2007 to 2013 which will include aid to Syria.