Jordan warns of UNRWA funding shortfall

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-05 02:54:48|Editor: yan
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AMMAN, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Jordan on Saturday warned against serious consequences of the current funding shortfall of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi made the warning during a phone call with UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl.

Safadi called on the international community to address the agency's financial gap and enable it to continue services for the Palestinian refugees in light with its mandate.

He said Jordan and the agency will take measures to secure funds for key services in health, education and relief to the Palestinian refugees within its operation areas, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Safadi added that empowering UNRWA to continue its services is an international responsibility, as the issue of the refugees is one of the final status issues that need to be addressed.

The UN official voiced appreciation for Jordan's role in supporting the agency and finding solutions to ensure that it continues to provide its services.

Safadi will meet the UN official in Amman next week.