Jordan hails resumption of US aid to UNRWA

A Palestinian rides a bicycle past the closed gate of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi on Thursday welcomed the US administration’s decision to resume providing financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which is facing a serious financial deficit, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

In a statement, Safadi stressed that the financial support announced by the US will help the agency address its financial woes and sustain its vital services to refugees, which include education, health services, and relief aid to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in its five areas of operation.

Safadi described the decision as a "positive step" that will have a significant impact on the UNRWA's ability to meet the humanitarian, educational and health needs of the refugees, especially at this time when the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the financial pressures on the agency.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced Wednesday that his country decided to renew financial support to UNRWA, which was suspended by former president Donald Trump's administration in September 2018, and to allocate $150 million to the agency.