There’s been a civil war in Syria for the last seven years, with different groups trying to seize control of the country. In the chaos of fighting between the government and anti-government fighters, IS took over large parts of Iraq and then moved into eastern Syria, where they were able to gain land and power. Even though IS has since lost control of a lot of this land, fighting continues in the country. The situation is also more complicated because other countries have got involved in the conflict. The intervention of European powers have made this a global conflict. The Syrian government’s key supporters are Russia and Iran, while the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia back the rebels. The UK, France and other western countries have also provided varying levels of support to what they consider to be “moderate” rebels. According to the United Nations (UN) at least 6.1 million ordinary people have had to flee their homes inside Syria, while another 5.6 million have fled abroad. This is the biggest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century and for this reason a team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will join us on this evening to elaborate on this matter. They have prepared a short introduction, but will also tell you about their various specialities and the Dutch policy in general. There will also be an Q&A session. The evening will come to an end with the possibility to ask them some personal questions and a nice drink.
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