Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi stressed the need to diversify the funding sources of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and ensure their sustainability, within the framework of the principle of burden-sharing, calling on donors to make multi-year pledges and adhere to them.
This came during the phone call Safadi received today from UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.
During the call, both sides discussed the exerted efforts to mobilize support for UNRWA, as well as seeking to continue to work with international and regional partners to provide the support it needs to ensure the support and backing that the agency needs.
Al Safadi welcomed the United Nations General Assembly's decision to extend the mandate of the Agency, stressing the centrality of UNRWA's role in providing vital services to 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in its five areas of operations and in accordance with its UN mandate.
Moreover, UNRWA plays a role in consolidating regional security and stability, stressing the need for the Agency's work to continue until the issue of Palestinian refugees is resolved in accordance with the relevant international references and resolutions, including Resolution No. 194, and in the context of a just and comprehensive solution based on the two-state solution, which embodies the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the lines of June 4, 1967.
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