The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to exempt Palestinian products from import duties in line with an Arab summit resolution, newspapers reported Tuesday, April 3.
The move by the Emirati cabinet Monday "falls into the framework of support from the UAE to the Palestinian people in the current circumstances," Palestinian consul general in Dubai Salim Abu Sultan told AFP.
Sultan said the exemption, urged by the Cairo summit last October, was symbolic because of the "feeble" volume of products — mainly olive oil, soap, glass and leatherwear — exported from the West Bank and Gaza to the UAE.
"Even before the intifada (uprising against Israel), the Israelis were putting obstacles to Palestinian products exported to the UAE via Jordan," he said.
The UAE has shown an unprecedented level of support for the Palestinians since the intifada started last September by fundraising, sending aid and building a hospital unit in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
Emirati President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan has donated $8.2 million to the Palestinians and his country has committed itself to contributing more than 150 million dollars to two Arab funds in support of the Palestinians. — (AFP, Abu Dhabi)
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