Saudi Arabia remains major aid provider for Palestinians

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 20, 2017. Palestinian President Office (PPO)/Handout via REUTERS

NEW YORK (RAHNUMA): Saudi Arabia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Khaled Manzlawiy, said the Kingdom is proud to be one of the largest donors to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

“(Knowing) the noble role the agency serves for more than 5 million Palestinian refugees — and because of its belief in the (importance) of the Palestinian cause — the Kingdom has supported UNRWA with more than $1 billion since 1994, which the humanitarian organization described as clear evidence of the Kingdom’s wish to ensure Palestinian refugees enjoy dignity and well-being,” said Manzlawiy.

Manzlawiy was speaking during a virtual briefing on the investigations of the Office of Internal Oversight Services and various UNRWA initiatives given by UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarin.

Manzlawiy said the Kingdom’s generous support would help the agency continue its provision of vital services to millions of Palestinian refugees in its five areas of operation.

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