Russian President Vladimir Putin “is correct in saying that reconstruction and financing of the Middle East should be a priority for the international community. Moreover, we need shared responsibility since not a single country, including the United States, the European Union, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, is capable of restoring the region on its own. They will not be able to rebuild even Syria, which is estimated to have sustained damage amounting to $350 billion,” he said.
The UN official also explained why economic considerations should be taken into account during the peace process and not afterwards. “Parties to the conflict must understand that a military or a political victory in the Syrian conflict will not be enough. If there is a single winner in Syria, he will have to pay for all. He will bear the burden of economic responsibility for [the country’s revival],” he noted. “This is why it has to be a comprehensive process which will unite all of the stakeholders.” Dardari further said that both Russia and the United States could benefit from taking part in this process.
Dardari also said that no one has a clear understanding of the scale of the damage in Syria. As a result, the international community is in the dark about the key challenges on the path to rebuilding the Arab nation.