Fatah Warns Against US Reducing Aid to UNRWA

Published February 20th, 2018 - 03:03 GMT
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is a relief and human development agency (AFP)
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is a relief and human development agency (AFP)

Member of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement and the special envoy of Palestinian President, Azzam al-Ahmad, met with Minister of Interior, Nuhad al-Mashnouk, and warned against "U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to reduce U.S. aid to UNRWA."

"There may be, within the Palestinian camps in Lebanon, suitable atmosphere for all the forces that harbor ill-will for Lebanon and Palestine, especially in light of the continuing movements aimed at threatening civil peace in Lebanon," he said.

Al-Ahmad visited Mashnouk, accompanied by the ambassador of the State of Palestine to Lebanon, Ashraf Dabour, and the Secretary of PLO factions in Lebanon, Fathi Abu al-Urdat. He stated that "the reduction of UNRWA services in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon poses a threat to the living, health and environment services in the Palestinian camps, especially in Lebanon."

"We consulted with the Minister on ways to act together so as to address this issue to prevent a collapse in camps' humanitarian situation," he added.

He revealed that he briefed Minister Mashnouk on "the political move being carried out by the Palestinian leadership to confront the Trump project (...) and replace it by adhering to the resolutions of international legitimacy and working to revive the peace process within the framework of the international community (...) under the umbrella of the United Nations."

Al-Ahmad quoted Mashnouk as confirming Lebanon's support for all Palestinian factions to curb the repercussions of the Trump resolution, and Lebanon's adherence to the right of the Palestinian people to establish its independent state with East Al-Quds as its capital, according to the two-state solution.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.

 


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