International donors have pledged $4.4 billion in aid for civilians caught up in the Syrian civil war. The sum committed at a two-day conference in Brussels was less than half of the $9 billion the UN says is needed to help those in need.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has held talks with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, in Tehran, in a bid to ease tensions in the Persian Gulf. But experts say the visit is unlikely to produce any breakthrough.
Donor pledges exceeded expectations at the 2019 conference in Brussels. But, with 12 million refugees across the region and Syria's conflict far from over, questions remain about how to deliver aid.
Italy's foreign minister has called for recent problems posed by mass migration to be solved within a European framework. Italy has borne the brunt of a huge influx of migrants to Europe that erupted in 2015.
French President Emmanuel Macron gave a positive spin to the partial approval of a plan to allocate migrants across the EU. Italy did not take part in the meeting held in Paris.
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