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Jordan determined to support UNRWA

Sept. 5, 2018 3:15 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2018 3:41 P.M.)
AMMAN (Ma'an) -- Jordanian Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Ayman Safadi, said that his country is determined to exert every effort towards the issue of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Jordanian News Agency, Petra, reported that Safadi said, during a Foreign Affairs parliamentary committee's meeting on Tuesday, that "these efforts were proactive and under His Majesty King Abdullah's directives, stressing the need to resolve the financial crisis and mobilize international political and financial support to the UN agency."

Petra said that the meeting, chaired by MP Raed Khazaaleh, was held to discuss the latest developments on the Palestinian issue and the United States' cut of all funding to UNRWA.

Safadi pointed out that while the US announced the end of its support for the UNRWA, many countries intensified their financial and political support for the agency, which allowed it to continue delivering educational, health and aid services.

The minister indicated that Jordan called for an Arab foreign ministers' meeting to discuss ways of supporting the UNRWA.

He added that the Kingdom will organize a conference, in cooperation with Sweden, Japan, the European Union and Turkey, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this month to discuss means of securing the necessary funding for the agency.

MP Khazaaleh lauded Jordan's efforts in defending the Palestinian issue and mobilizing international political and financial support to the UNRWA.

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