"The United States has ended the ridiculous 230 Million Dollar yearly development payment to Syria".
WASHINGTON-The State Department terminated its $230 million commitment to stabilization efforts in Syria, saying Friday it will instead rely on contributions from Saudi Arabia and other allies.
According to Nauert, two major contributions to make up for loss of U.S. funds came from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who pledged $100m and $50m respectively over the last couple of months. "That is actually being prepared now and will come at a time of our choosing, but it's coming", McGurk, the US special presidential envoy overseeing the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, told reporters.
"This decision does not represent any lessening of USA commitment to our strategic goals in Syria".
President Donald Trump whispers with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Washington.
Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, denounced what he said amounted to Trump "sprinting down the path of abdicating American leadership on the global stage". "The focus is on the enduring fight against ISIS", he added.
Despite the defeat of IS in Syria and Iraq, between 20,000 and 30,000 of its fighters remain in the two countries, according to a United Nations report released Monday.
Later on the same day, Nauert said in a teleconference with the media that Pompeo has appointed Jim Jeffrey, U.S. former ambassador to Iraq, to be the Secretary's Representative for Syria Engagement, a new position Pompeo created to work on the Geneva Process.
Yet Friday's funding cut is the latest Trump administration retreat from Syria.
This contribution is a continuum of the Kingdom's efforts in this Coalition, including, but not limited to, co-leading the Counter Finance Working Group and serving as a key member of the Communications and Stabilisation Working Groups, as well as, flying the second highest number of missions in Syria after the United States.
It said Islamic State's territory is down to 400 square miles (1,000 square kilometers) in Syria and almost 150,000 people have returned to the city of Raqqa after the militant group fled.
Confirming Taiwan's involvement, MOFA spokesperson Andrew Lee (李憲章) said Taiwan in June pledged a donation of US$1 million for demining, which it hopes will lead to Syrian refugees being able to return and rebuild their hometowns as soon as possible.
Last month, the USA helped to organize the evacuation through Israel of White Helmet workers from Syria's south, where Assad's Russian-backed forces launched a new offensive despite a de-escalation agreement between Washington and Moscow.
The statement pointed out that a number of coalition partners have made pledges and contributions in recent months and the USA appreciates all partners who supported this important effort, indicating that Saudi Arabia has been a leading partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS from the very beginning.