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King Abdullah II: 'UNRWA must continue despite US cuts'

Sept. 24, 2018 5:08 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 26, 2018 9:47 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Jordanian King Abdullah II told the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Monday that the Jordanian Kingdom believes a two-state solution is the only path to peace and that the international community must continue to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

The two had scheduled a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, during which they discussed the strategic partnership between Jordan and the US.

Abdullah II reaffirmed his position regarding that the future State of Palestine must have East Jerusalem as its capital and that the only path to peace is through a two-state solution.

The Jordanian King also mentioned UNRWA and the importance of the agency being able to continue to provide essential services for Palestinian refugees following the US Trump administration's decision to cut all funds to the agency.

"The international community must bear its responsibility to provide the support required by UNRWA in order to continue to provide services to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in the fields of education, health and relief," he said.

Over the past few weeks the US has cut more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians, cancelling its support for UNRWA.

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