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Tue, 14 Jan, 2014 09:00:34 AM
FTimes- Xinhua Report, January 14
File Picture of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto. Photo Lehtikuva
Finland pledges another donation of 7 million euros (9.56 million U.S. dollars) to Syria, according to Finnish Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, who is currently on a Middle East tour.
The latest pledge will make the total amount donated to Syria since 2011 amounting to about 20 million euros, said Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.
Due to the continuation of the crisis in Syria, millions of people in the country are in acute need of humanitarian assistance.
An international conference aimed to raise humanitarian aid for Syria will be held on Wednesday in Kuwait.
Haavisto, who will participate in the conference, is on a Middle East tour from Jan. 11 to 17 which will bring him to Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey to observe the regional impacts of the refugee crisis.
According to international aid agencies, 4.8 billion euros are needed for assisting the 16 million people suffering from the crisis both within Syrian borders and in its neighboring countries.
Finland has promised to accept 500 Syrian refugees. 
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