Afghanistan donates $1 million to UN agency for Palestinians

Published March 4, 2019, 7:08 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By the Associated Press
ISTANBUL (AP) — Afghanistan has given $1 million to the main U.N. program for Palestinian refugees.

A security guard waits for Mevlut Cavusoglu,Turkey's Foreign Minister and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, to attend a meeting in Istanbul, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Afghanistan's ambassador to Turkey presented a one million U.S. dollar aid o the main UN program for Palestinian refugees in an Istanbul ceremony. Cavusoglu said the UNRWA would need more support in the future and promised Turkey would increase its aid to Palestinians. In August, the Trump administration announced it will cut U.S. funding for the program. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A security guard waits for Mevlut Cavusoglu,Turkey’s Foreign Minister and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, to attend a meeting in Istanbul, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Afghanistan’s ambassador to Turkey presented a one million U.S. dollar aid o the main UN program for Palestinian refugees in an Istanbul ceremony. Cavusoglu said the UNRWA would need more support in the future and promised Turkey would increase its aid to Palestinians. In August, the Trump administration announced it will cut U.S. funding for the program. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Turkey, presented the donation on Sunday to Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, in an Istanbul ceremony.

Turkey’s foreign minister, who hosted the meeting, congratulated Afghanistan for the donation. Mevlut Cavusoglu said that despite the hardships suffered by the Afghan people, their country has shown “the most beautiful example of international brotherhood with its noble act.”

Cavusoglu added that UNRWA would need more support in the future and promised Turkey would increase its aid to Palestinians.

Last August, the Trump administration announced it was cutting U.S. funding for the agency.

 
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