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Will get Gulf states to finance safe zones in Syria: Trump

IANS | Washington |

US President-elect Donald
Trump says that after taking office he will build safe zones in Syria to
protect the civilian population and will get the Gulf states to pay for them.

“I will get the Gulf
states to give us lots of money, and we’ll build and help build safe zones in
Syria so people can have a chance,” he said during a post-election rally
on Thursday night in Pennsylvania.

Trump said the US did not
have the financial resources to build the safe havens due to its $20 trillion
national debt, but the President-elect added that the work could be carried out
by the Gulf monarchies, which “have nothing but money”, reports Efe.

“When I look at what’s
going on in Syria, it’s so sad,” he said. “It’s so sad, and we’ve got
to help people.”

Trump did not mention the
battle for Aleppo, where President Bashar al-Assad’s forces regained full
control of the city this week from US-backed rebels after years of fighting.

In recent months, Aleppo became
a major point of dispute between Washington and Moscow, which has intervened in
the conflict on the side of Assad, its staunchest ally in the Arab world.

US Secretary of State John
Kerry on Thursday demanded that the Syrian government and Russia implement an
immediate and lasting ceasefire in Aleppo and accused Damascus and Moscow of
“indiscriminate and savage brutality” against civilians.