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Saturday, 06 October 2018 11:58

UNRWA: Turkey’s ‘strong solidarity’ to assist Palestinians

The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has hailed Turkey’s "increased solidarity" to support the agency after the US cut off funding.

“I very much value the leadership that Turkey is showing,” Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbühl said in an interview at the TRT World Forum in Istanbul.

“I think it is sending a strong message at the time when the UNWRA is under pressure because we lost money from the United States.”

In August, the Trump administration announced that Washington would no longer commit funding to the main UN programmes for Palestinian refugees.

Praising Turkey showing “strong solidarity” for the Palestinians, Krahenbühl said: “Every time I come to Turkey, there is a very strong feeling, very big concern about Palestinians and about Palestinian refugees, which is very important to me.”

“This year, because of the situation that we’ve faced, there was increased solidarity and increased political engagement to support UNRWA by the Turkish leadership.”

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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