Jordan says it regretted a U.S. decision to halt funding to UNRWA


By: Middle East Affairs

On Saturday, Jordan said it lamented a U.S. choice to end financing to a United Nations organization for Palestinian refugees, saying it would just fuel radicalism and damage prospects for Middle East peace.

The Minster Ayman Safadi said that his nation, which has in excess of 2 million of the more than 5 million registered refugees whom the office underpins, would keep on rallying contributor support to facilitate the intense budgetary crunch looked by the office.

On Friday, The U.S. declared it would never again bolster the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Not long ago the United States, long its greatest giver, had cut subsidizing.

Safadi said: “Interruption of UNRWA administrations will have to a great degree hazardous helpful, political and security suggestions for displaced people and for the entire locale.”

“It will only consolidate an environment of despair that would ultimately create fertile grounds for further tension. Politically it will also further hurt the credibility of peacemaking efforts.”

“The United Nations which the kingdom was co-sponsoring with Japan, the European Union, Sweden and Turkey would seek to rally political and financial support for the agency,” Safadi said a meeting on Sept. 27 in New York.

Safadi included: “We will do everything possible to ensure that UNRWA gets the funds it needs to continue offering its services to Palestinian refugees.”

It should be noted that Staunch U.S. ally Jordan lies at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict with many of its citizens refugees or descendants of the roughly 700,000 Palestinians who were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting in the 1948 war that led to Israel’s creation.

“The U.S. decision has stirred fears of a new Middle East policy under U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration that seeks to dilute and eventually strike out the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees,” diplomats said.

“The international community’s support for the agency was inseparable from future talks on the fate of refugees – among the most sensitive issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Safadi said.

Moreover, the issue was consented to be among conclusive status talks that were slowed down in 2014 at last about whether Israel would influence regional concessions as an end-result of an enduring peace to manage the Arabs.

Safadi also said: “The status of refugees isn’t dictated by any one single nation, it is resolved under universal law and all things considered no nation can take away that status.”

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