Palestine welcomes US aid, calls for strengthened relations

Israel disappointed, says UNRWA reforms needed first

08 April, 18:08

    TEL AVIV - Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh welcomed the decision by the US to resume financial aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

    At the same time, he appealed to the US administration to work with the Peace Quartet to "open a new political horizon towards the liberation of Palestine in the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as capital".

    "We are not looking only at the resumption of aid, but at the institution of strong political relations with the US," he said.

    Israeli Ambassador to the US Gilad Erdan, on the other hand, expressed his disappointment following the US's announcement of resuming aid to UNRWA.

    "I expressed my disappointment and my objection to the decision to renew UNRWA financing without first ensuring me that some reforms, including the stop of the incitement and the removal of anti-semitic contents from its educational curriculum, are enacted," the ambassador said in a statement.

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