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Jordan, Egypt hail US plan to restart aid to Palestine

The Biden administration pledged $235M to Palestinians, including funding through UNRWA programs

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On Thursday, Egypt and Jordan hailed a US verdict to restart economic and humanitarian assistance for Palestinians, also including funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“The financial support will help UNRWA to overcome its financial crisis and to provide its vital services,” Jordan’s announced in a declaration. “Jordan sees the decision as a step that will have a significant and positive impact on UNRWA’s capacity in addressing the education, health and humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees.”

“The decision will contribute to alleviating the suffering of Palestinians, pave the way for providing financial support to the Palestinian people in the face of unprecedented economic and humanitarian difficulties and allow UNRWA to supply the essential needs of the Palestinian people,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry held in a statement.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US plans to resume its backing for Palestinians, adding $235 million in funds.

“This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150 million in humanitarian assistance for the UNRWA,” Blinken said in a statement.

The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), announced: “The US declaration is a positive step that can be built upon to resume Washington’s relations with the Palestinian leadership.”

Former US President Donald Trump immobilized aid to Palestine as a portion of his wider policy to bring Palestinians to negotiations on his proposed settlement plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The offer was rejected by Palestinians because of the overabundance of concessions it made to Israel.

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