Iraq's finance minister in Syria to give $15 million for refugees

Iraq's finance minister has brought a US$15 million grant from his government on Thursday to help Syrian authorities cope with the burden of hosting over a million Iraqi refugees. During the visit, Bayan Jabr is also expected to resolve the issue of Iraqi assets Saddam Hussein's regime had entrusted in Syrian banks. The issue of the assets has long weighed on the relations between Iraq and Syria. Jabr's visit comes as the U.N. refugee agency in Damascus announced in a statement that some 60,000 Iraqi refugees have returned from Syria to Iraq since Oct. 1.