Syrian dissidents trying to shake off President Bashar Assad told reporters Wednesday that $60 billion would be needed to rebuild the country after fighting stops, comparing it to “an economic ‘Marshall Plan for Syria.’”
At a Dubai meeting, Syrian National Council leader George Sabra said the money would be needed within six months of toppling the regime, the Agence France-Presse reported.
He urged help from "our Arab brothers and the international community." One country has already signaled its interest: United Arab Emirates officials said they would help Syria rebuild and were interested in investing in the country as it recovers, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
The Syrian National Council that Sabra heads is part of a newly formed coalition of opposition groups, formally known as the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, which has been courting international recognition and trying to unite Assad opponents. It gained a nod from the European Union as “legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people” this week; Britain and France also threw their weight behind the group.