The European Union will resume aid to the Palestinian government when a government of national unity is in place, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said on Monday. "When it becomes possible to re-engage with a national unity government, and we are not there yet, we could gradually resume support to Palestinian Authority ministries and agencies," Ferrero-Waldner said ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
The European Commission will closely study the political agreement between Fatah and Hamas, she added Monday, according to AFP. "I intend to look at this agreement with an open mind, I hope others too," the EU official said. "We need to study carefully the details of the agreement."
The EU ceased direct aid to the Palestinian government when Hamas came to power following elections.