The British newspaper The Times revealed that the London government plans to cut hundreds of millions of pounds from foreign aid to countries located in conflict areas around the world.
The newspaper stated – in a report published on its website today, Saturday – that a leaked email revealed the intention of the British government to reduce its aid to Syria and many African countries by more than 60% in the future, due to the repercussions of the Corona virus on the economy.
The document, dated last month, which was published by the British website Open Democracy for the first time, indicated that British officials are considering reducing aid to Syria by 67% and Lebanon by 88%.
According to the report, aid to Nigeria may decrease by 58%, Somalia by 60%, South Sudan 59%, and finally to the Democratic Republic of the Congo by 60%.
The British Foreign Office commented that no decisions had been taken and insisted that Britain would remain an important donor of aid in the world.
In the same context, the British Guardian newspaper quoted a British government spokesman as saying: “The Corona epidemic earthquake that struck the economy has forced us to take difficult but necessary decisions, including the temporary reduction of total aid expenditures.”
He added, “We are still working through some individual programs and have not made decisions yet.”
“We (Britain) are still an important donor of aid worldwide and we will spend more than 10 billion pounds this year to fight poverty, address climate change and improve global health,” he said.
The article, Britain plans to reduce its foreign financial aid due to the repercussions of Corona, was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.