Spanish government doubles aid to Gaza Strip

Foreign minister after meeting with Palestinian counterpart

04 September, 18:12

    MADRID - The Spanish government will double its humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, following the United States' decision to pull funds from UNRWA, the UN agency that allocates material assistance to five million Palestinians in the world.

    The announcement came from Spanish Foreign Minister José Borrell at a press conference in Madrid with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad Maliki.

    Borrell said it is a "symbolic gesture" because "our contribution, going from one million to two million, is still very far from what the United States brought".

    Maliki said, "The United States have shown that they wish to be part of the problem, not the solution".

    "It demonstrates an adverse stance towards Palestine and sends the message that it is adopting the Israeli position relative to the conflict," he said.

    Regarding the solution proposed by Washington to create a federation between Palestine and Jordan, Maliki said the US wants to "impose this plan with coercion and sabotage".

    "You can't speak about a federation between two sovereign independent states while our territory is occupied militarily by Israel," he said.(ANSAmed).

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