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Arab League Urges Joint Arab Action to Renew UNRWA's Mandate

Arab League Urges Joint Arab Action to Renew UNRWA's Mandate

Monday, 15 July, 2019 - 11:30
A general view of the Arab League delegates meeting, in Cairo, Egypt December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Cairo - Sawsan Abu Husain

The Arab League (AU) has called for unifying Arab efforts to confront the American plan to paralyze the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The League’s warning was made during the 102nd round of the Conference of Supervisors of Palestinian Affairs in Arab Host Countries, which kicked off Sunday at the League's general secretariat in Cairo.

The AU tackled the fierce campaign against UNRWA, which started when the funding was halted and continues with efforts to terminate its work, as clearly stated in May by US President Donald Trump's envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt.

Arab League Assistant Secretary-General for Palestine and occupied Arab lands Said Abu Ali said that this meeting comes amid critical challenges facing the Palestinian cause topped by the unprecedented Israeli aggression on Palestinian rights along with the US bias to Israel.

Abu Ali called for joining Arab efforts to confront the US plan aiming to dismantle UNRWA, stressing the importance of mobilizing political and financial resources to renew the agency's mandate, which ends in September.

Ahmad Abu Houli, the Director General of the PLO's Department of Refugee Affairs, said that the session was held under serious circumstances and developments in light of serious statements made by the US administration and the occupation government on the liquidation of the refugee cause.

He also highlighted the necessity of supporting and sustaining the refugees and Palestinians.

Representatives of Arab countries hosting Palestinian refugees, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the General Secretariat of the League of the Arab States, the Arab League's Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) participated in the conference.

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