Jordanian FM, UNRWA official review support strategies for UN agency

Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi met with UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini to organize a review of support strategies for the UN body.

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Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi and UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini discussed arrangements, in coordination with Sweden, to hold an international conference to examine funding strategies for UNRWA, on Thursday.

According to a foreign ministry statement, al-Safadi and Lazzarini emphasized the significance of the conference in securing effective and sustainable strategies to ensure continuous support for UNRWA.

The planned conference seeks to mobilize the continuation of political and financial support for UNRWA in offering its vital services to more than five million Palestinian refugees in the health, relief, and educational fields.

The foreign ministry statement further reads that the two sides expressed the conference is also important for providing services to more than 560,000 students at UNRWA schools in its five areas of operation, in accordance with its mandate.

Al-Safadi restated the importance of coordinating with international partners to provide maintainable political and financial support to UNRWA. The foreign minister also added that the support should come according to long-term financing mechanisms that enable UNRWA to continue its vital services for Palestinian refugees without any setbacks.

On his part, Lazzarini commended Jordan’s continuous efforts to provide international financial and political support to the UN agency. Lazzarini, as well as al-Safadi, stressed the significance of the US decision to resume support for the agency, which will help meet UNRWA’s needs.

The statement underlined that both sides agreed to continue cooperation bilaterally, and trilaterally with Sweden, on means to mobilize international support for the agency in continuing its services to Palestinian refugees, as it constitutes a main pillar of regional security and stability.

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