Jordan, UNRWA coordinate stances ahead of donor conference

Ayman Al Safadi  Philippe Lazzarini
Foreign Minister of Ayman Al Safadi meets in Amman on Monday UNRWA commissioner-general of Philippe Lazzarini. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Al Safadi on Monday met with the commissioner-general of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, to discuss an upcoming conference to drum up financial and political support to the relief agency. اضافة اعلان

The international conference will be co-organized before the end of 2021 by Sweden and Jordan in cooperation with UNRWA. Participants are expected to approve effective strategies and plans to ensure continuous support for the agency, which provides health, education, and relief services for Palestinian refugees in five operation areas, including Jordan, the largest host of these refugees, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. 

Safadi and Lazzarini stressed the importance of Gaza reconstruction by providing the necessary support for the construction process and responding to the city’s needs quickly.

For his part, Lazzarini commended Jordan’s role in coordination with the international community provide the necessary support for the agency and to close its financial deficit.

Safadi and Lazzarini agreed on maintaining coordination and consultation with Sweden and Stockholm group members.

UNRWA has appealed for $1.5 billion to support Palestine refugees in 2021 to fund its essential services, emergency appeals and priority projects for registered Palestine refugees in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, according to the agency’s website.

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