Oil-rich Gulf governments offer Syria billions if Iran evicted
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading a combined Arab offer to the Assad regime in Damascus of billions of dollars in aid on certain conditions. Syria’s basic facilities had not recovered from a decade of civil war when, along with Turkey, it was struck by a massive earthquake earlier this month. The international aid pouring into Turkey skipped Syria. To receive Arab aid, Bashar Assad is required to evict Iran’s military presence from his country, agree to peace terms with the opposition and accept an international peacekeeping force.