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Germany to increase funds to UNRWA following US decision

Sept. 1, 2018 4:31 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2018 4:47 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The government of Germany pledged to increase funds for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as a response to the United States' decision to cut all funding to the agency.

The Reuters News Agency reported that the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the funding crisis for the UNWRA was fueling uncertainty.

Maas said that "the loss of this organization could unleash an uncontrollable chain reaction."

Germany has already provided $94 million in funds for UNWRA this year and that the country was preparing to increase its contribution, Maas added.

Maas said that it is obvious that the added funds would not cover a $217 million deficit left by the US withdrawal, however, he urged the European Union and other states to work towards "a sustainable finance basis for the organization."

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