Sweden signs UNDP agreement for reconstruction of Gaza
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem announced her country's recognition of Palestine on Oct. 30, making it the first major European country to do so
The Swedish Consul General on Wednesday signed an agreement with the UNDP to step up financial support for the reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip.
Ann-Sofie Nilsson signed the agreement with Prime MInister Rami Hamdallah to fund a UNDP-led project to remove rubble from infrastructure destroyed during Israel 50-day offensive during the summer.
"The situation in Gaza is alarming after the devastating war this summer, especially with winter approaching. There is a need for rapid support to the Government of National Consensus in its efforts to kick-start the reconstruction. We are pleased to contribute to alleviate somewhat the difficult situation," Nilsson said.
The Swedish government last week announced a five-year strategy for development cooperation with Palestine which entailed a 50 percent increase in development support.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem announced her country's recognition of Palestine on Oct. 30, making it the first major European country to do so.
President Mahmoud Abbas immediately hailed the decision as "brave and historic" while Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden for consultations.