Japan and the European Union will continue to aid Palestinians

EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini

EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini

Brussels … News Time

Japan and the European Union have pledged additional aid for Palestinians, counter to the US decision to suspend support. The US administration of President Donald Trump partially froze aid for Palestinian refugees after recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Representatives of the US and the Palestinians, along with those from the EU and Japan, attended an international meeting Wednesday in Brussels on coordinating Palestinian development aid. It was the first time Americans and Palestinians sat together since relations between them soured. At the meeting, the EU announced a new funding package of 42.5 million euros, or more than 52 million dollars, to help create businesses and ensure a stable power supply. Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Manabu Horii, pledged more than 36 million dollars on condition of Diet approval. The US reportedly lodged no objections. EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini urged the US to cooperate with other countries toward resumption of Middle East peace talks. She said nothing can be done without the United States, or with the United States alone.


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