Shamsi meets UNRWA director in Lebanon, stresses priority of agency’s survival

United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Lebanon, Hamad Al-Shamsi, on Wednesday welcomed at the embassy in Yarzeh, Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone.

According to a statement issued by the embassy, the meeting mainly touched on the US decision to stop making any additional financial contributions to the agency, and on the impact of this decision on the refugee dossier and the work of UNRWA.

During the meeting, Director of the Agency's executive office, Hakam Shahwan, conveyed Commissioner-General of UNRWA Pierre KrA�henbuhl's thankfulness to the UAE's ongoing contributions, the latest of which had been $50 million in support of education programs.

For his part, Shamsi stressed the continued humanitarian commitment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has always been proactively supporting Palestinian refugees.

He noted that back in 2017 and 2018, the UAE provided $130 million to Palestine, including $50 million in April to support UNRWA education program, in addition to providing $15 million to support the 2017-2018 academic year, which contributed to the continuity of education for more than 500,000 Palestinian refugee students.

He added that the UAE had also allocated $20 million this year to the Islamic Waqf support program in Al-Quds Al-Sharif, under the guidance of the Head of State.

"The UAE's assistance to the Palestinian people over the past five years has reached $1.68 billion, he said, highlighting the priority and inevitability of UNRWA's survival and continued operation as a humanitarian organization that cares for the rights of Palestinians and provides them with the necessary support.

Source: National News Agency