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Lebanon's Government Condemns U.S. Measures against Palestine

Sep 04

Lebanon's Government Condemns U.S. Measures against Palestine

Lebanon''s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gebran Bassil, reiterated today the condemnation of the U.S. decision to suspend its funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

After a meeting with ambassadors of countries hosting refugees and UNRWA donors, Bassil denounced that with this measure the White House tries to deny Palestinians their right to return.

The statement of the Acting Minister ratified that Lebanon will not accept the elimination of the UN humanitarian agency and asked those summoned to increase their donations to avoid the tragedy that looms over 5.4 million Palestinians.

The United States announced a 300-million-dollar cut in aid to the UN organization, which represents almost 30 percent of the UNRWA budget (in 2017, it gave 364.3 million).

In an official statement, Washington described the operation agency as defective and was not willing to further help.

The meeting of Bassil with diplomatic representatives took place shortly after the Lebanese parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, called a meeting of the Arab League with the intention of obtaining funds for the humanitarian agency.

Yesterday, the Lebanese government condemned the U.S. action against the Palestinians and considered that helping them is an obligation of the international community that in 1948 forced them to welcome Jews in their territory with the creation of the State of Israel.