AA / Ramallah
The Danish government pledged Thursday to provide aid to the Palestinian Authority in the amount of $ 72 million over five years.
This is what emerges from a meeting between Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamed Shtayyeh and Danish representative in Palestine Ketil Karlsen, in Ramallah.
In a statement given to journalists after the signing of the agreement, Shtayyeh said that Danish aid had come at a crucial time and that it will be allocated to finance projects in the sectors of agriculture, local communities. and civil society institutions.
He added that what mattered most was that all aid complied with the Palestinian National Development Plan.
For his part, Karlsen said his country’s support for the Palestinian Authority focused on strengthening human rights, promoting accountability and democracy, creating jobs, as well as promoting human rights. peace and stability, with a particular focus on women and youth.
Earlier this year, Denmark announced budget support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to the tune of $ 82 million, for the next five years.
The Danish commitment to the Palestinian Authority comes a few days after that of Germany to the tune of 100 million euros in aid over 3 years.
These are the first two aid granted by European countries to the Palestinian Authority, since the beginning of 2021.
In recent years, the average European aid granted to the Palestinian Authority has exceeded 200 million euros, the equivalent of 235 million dollars.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian finance minister noted in a meeting held in Ramallah with country representatives and donors that foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority had declined by 90% this year.
* Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni
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