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Syria criticizes WFP decision to suspend food aid

Damascus, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Minister of Local Administration, Hussein Makhlouf, expressed discontent of the Damascus government over the decision of the World Food Program (WFP) to suspend its aid as of next January.

This position of the incumbent, who also serves as head of the Supreme Aid Committee, was expressed during his meeting with WFP representative and country director in Syria, Kenneth Crossley.

This announcement without prior coordination is a sign of politicization of the humanitarian aid programs to the Syrian people, the Minister said.

He accused the Program of joining parties working to put pressure on the Syrian people, and expressed reservations about suspending food aid without taking into account the increase in the number of people in need of this assistance.

The senior official blamed the difficult conditions facing Syrian citizens on the depletion of resources caused by the terrorist war, the economic blockade and the looting of oil and wheat by U.S. and Turkish forces, terrorist and separatist groups.

He hoped that the Program would reconsider its decision on food aid and adopt a more objective and humane approach to maintain the continued delivery of assistance to the greatest number of people in need.

Kenneth pledged to bring the Syrian message to the Program’s leadership and to make efforts and provide solutions to continue providing assistance to the Syrian people.

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