International community calls for ceasefire in Syria

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(VOVWORLD) - The Arab states and Western countries have called for a ceasefire in Syria to deliver humanitarian support to local people, especially following the February earthquake.  
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The plea was made after a meeting in Jordan’s capital city between officials from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, the US, France, Germany, Norway, the UK, EU, and the Arab League (AL).

“We reiterated our call for a nationwide ceasefire and for continuous and unhindered humanitarian access to all Syrians through all modalities, including cross-border and cross-line,” the participants of the Amman meeting said in a joint statement.

They called for the maintenance and expansion of United Nations cross-border aid and encouraged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance – including emergency response and early recovery projects – to all Syrians in need, especially those in the most affected areas of the February earthquake.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on February 6 destroyed southern Turkey and northwestern Syria, killed 48,000 Turkish and 6,000 Syrian, and costed Turkey 103.6 billion USD. The United Nations has set the “recovery costs” for Syria at 14.8 billion USD.