Jordan will continue mobilizing support for UNRWA, says FM

Amman, Jan. 22 (Petra) — Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that Jordan will continue working and coordinating with international partners in mobilizing efforts to ensure that the international community continues to provide the necessary financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

In a phone call Safadi received Sunday from the UNRWA Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini, Safadi welcomed the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to extend the UNRWA’s mandate in December, underlining the centrality of its role in providing vital services to 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in its five areas of operations and in accordance with its UN mandate, and its role in efforts to consolidate regional security and stability.

He also said that the UN agency needs to continue its operations until the Palestinian refugee issue is resolved in accordance with relevant international references and resolutions, including Resolution No. 194 and within a just and comprehensive solution based on the two-state solution, which embodies the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the pre-June 4, 1967.

Safadi caled for diversifying UNRWA’s funding sources and ensure its sustainability, within the framework of burden-sharing, urging donors to make multi-year pledges and adhere to them.

For his part, Lazzarini expressed appreciation for Jordan’s efforts to mobilize international support for the UNRWA.

//Petra// AF

22/01/2023 21:21:49