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Preparation of international conference for UNRWA support

Sept. 12, 2018 2:38 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 14, 2018 4:41 P.M.)
AMMAN (Ma'an) -- Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmad Abul Gheit, revealed on Wednesday that the international conference for the support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will be organized by Jordan and Egypt.

Ahmad Abul Gheit held a press conference at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo at the end of a meeting with Arab foreign ministers during which he revealed that both Jordan and Egypt are organizing the international conference.

He said "we were informed that Jordan and Egypt have called for an international conference with a legal and political framework to discuss the UNRWA crisis."

He also confirmed his support for UNRWA in providing vital services to Palestinian refugees.

Abul Gheit stressed that the objective of what is resulting from UNRWA's financial crisis, which is currently facing a budget deficit of over $200 million, "is to pressure the Palestinians and force them to accept what cannot be accepted."

He confirmed that "the ministers agreed to continue to discuss the agency's financial crisis, in light of the results of the international conference called for by Jordan in coordination with Egypt and Palestine, also in cooperation with Japan, who will co-sponsor the conference, Sweden, Germany, Turkey and the European Union."

The international conference aims to gather financial and political support for UNRWA.

The conference is reported to be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly's meetings in New York next month, however, no specific date was set.

The international conference is a continuation of Jordan's efforts to communicate with Arab countries to rally support for UNRWA to enable it to carry on with its services to the Palestinian refugees.

UNRWA's financial crisis followed the United States Trump administration's decision to end all funds to the agency after more than seven decades of the US being the agency's largest donor with about $360 million a year.

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