Kerry: U.S. to provide $100 million in additional humanitarian assistance in Syria

The U.S. will provide an additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance to help people and countries affected by the violence in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

Kerry spoke to the press after his meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino as part of Kerry's trip to Rome. Kerry and Bonino held a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome on Thursday.

Kerry said the funding will help people affected by violence, in addition to the more than 1.4 million refugees outside of Syria and the several million displaced within Syria.

"This funding will support the activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children's Fund, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, both within Syria as well as part of the regional refugee response in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon," Kerry said.

Kerry praised Italy for its support for the Syrian opposition, including its very generous response to the humanitarian crisis.

Bonino said that providing humanitarian assistance was not a solution to the conflict, but that it would help the region to deal with the difficulties presented by the Syrian conflict.

"We are providing humanitarian support, but let me be clear: The only possible solution is a political one," Bonino said. "I don't believe that there is a military solution at hand. The humanitarian assistance is not a solution. It's just a help. And I'm proud that we can contribute to help also. Meeting the Foreign Minister of Jordan, you can really sense the difficulties that the country is facing. So if we can help, we are proud to do it. But again, never, never humanitarian assistance has been the solution. The only one is really to push forward a possible negotiation."