On Thursday morning, Egypt welcomed the resumption of US aid to the Palestinians, after it was halted during the era of former US President Donald Trump.
Ambassador Ahmed Hafez, spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, expressed his country’s welcome to the US administration’s decision to resume economic, development and humanitarian aid to the brotherly Palestinian people, including the resumption of UNRWA funding.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry considered that this step would contribute to alleviating the suffering of the Palestinians, as well as providing material support in the face of unprecedented economic and humanitarian challenges.
The US move also allows UNRWA to provide the necessary services to the Palestinian people, according to the Egyptian statement.
He praised the American decision, “because it indicates the interest of the American administration and its interaction with regional issues.”
On Wednesday, Washington announced that it would return its aid to the Palestinians.
“The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to resume US economic, development and humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people,” said a statement by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
“This includes $ 75 million in economic and development aid in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, $ 10 million for peace building programs through the United States Agency for International Development, and $ 150 million in humanitarian aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA),” the statement said.
Washington has also decided to resume vital security assistance programs; Where all assistance will be provided in accordance with United States law.
The US Secretary of State added that “economic assistance includes supporting the recovery of small and medium-sized companies from the effects of Covid-19; supporting families in need to obtain basic humanitarian needs, such as food and clean water; and helping Palestinian civil society, and part of this funding will support the network of East Jerusalem hospitals, where It continues to provide the necessary treatments to save Palestinian lives. ”
He stated that “this funding, in addition to $ 15 million in humanitarian aid, will be provided to address the Covid-19 pandemic and food insecurity announced by the United States in March.”