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Jordan, Sweden hold trilateral meeting on UNRWA

April 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm

UNRWA distributes food aid to families in Gaza, 2 April 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Jordan, Sweden and the officials from UNRWA held a trilateral teleconference meeting yesterday to discuss mobilising support for the UN agency to meet its financial needs which have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi, the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Philippe Lazzarini discussed the repercussions of the novel coronavirus on Palestinian refugees and the agency’s budget and programs, and stressed the importance of providing the financial support needed by the UN agency to provide its vital services to the Palestinian refugees in its operation areas.

The officials also discussed preparations for the second Ministerial Strategic Dialogue on UNRWA in the near future to ensure sustainable political and financial support for the international body in 2020 and beyond.

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Coronavirus spreading in the Middle East - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Coronavirus spreading in the Middle East – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]