United States to restore aid to UN Palestinian refugee agency

The Unite States says it plans to resume funding for the United Nations Agency that supports Palestinian refugees which has faced a dire financial situation since former US President Donald Trump cut US assistance in 2018.

In a statement US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US would provide $150m in humanitarian assistance to the UN Relief and Works Agency ((UNRWA).

Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said they are pleased to partner with the US to provide critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable refugees across the Middle East and fulfill their mandate to educate and provide primary health care to millions of refugees every day.

UNRWA could not be more pleased that once again we will partner with the United States to provide critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable refugees across the Middle East and fulfill our mandate to educate and provide primary health care to millions of refugees every day,” said Lazzarini said in a statement.

US President Joe Biden has promised to take a different approach to Palestinian relations than his predecessor Donald Trump.

However Biden’s administration has signaled its refusal to reverse some of Trump’s most divisive policies on the conflict.

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