UN Chief Guterres meets major UNRWA donors amidst funding suspension

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Published: 2024-01-30 10:10

Last Updated: 2024-02-25 15:33


UN Chief Guterres meets major UNRWA donors amidst funding suspension
UN Chief Guterres meets major UNRWA donors amidst funding suspension

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, is meeting today, Tuesday, in New York with the major donors of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

These meetings follow the accusation that 12 UNRWA employees were involved in the attack carried out by Hamas during “Operation Aqsa Typhoon” on Oct. 7, according to the official announcement from the spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric.

Dujarric affirmed that the Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the accusations against UNRWA employees, emphasizing that his message to the donors aims to ensure the continuity of the agency's operations, especially with a significant number of dedicated staff in the region.

In previous meetings, Guterres met with the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, and is scheduled to hold a meeting with the major donors of UNRWA later today. Reports indicate that the Secretary-General is in communication with the leadership of UNRWA and donor entities, in addition to communicating with regional leaders, including His Majesty King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.