Kuwait said Thursday, August 23, it had poured a total of $150 million into two funds set up to support the Palestinian uprising against Israel. "Kuwait has paid in full its share of $150 million into the two funds," said state minister for foreign affairs, Shaikh Muhammad Sabah Al-Sabah, quoted by the official KUNA news agency.
Shaikh Muhammad, who represented Kuwait at Wednesday's Arab League meeting in Cairo on the situation in the Palestinian territories, added that the body had urged other Arab countries to honor their commitments to the two funds.
The Jerusalem Intifada Fund was created last October to support the families of Palestinians killed or wounded, and the Al-Aqsa Fund to "preserve the Islamic character of east Jerusalem" and support the Palestinian economy. At the time, Arab states pledged a total of one billion dollars to the two funds.
According to the Islamic Development Bank, payments from all Arab countries to the two funds currently amount to $409 million, of which $240 million has been transferred to the Palestinian Authority. ― (AFP, Kuwait City)
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