This morning the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, attended the Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting in support of the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) that was held at the FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting, which was co-chaired by the Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Sweden and Egypt, was attended by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah and offered a useful opportunity to debate the UNRWA’s financial situation.
“In order to tackle the crisis in Syria, during the last few years the UNRWA has been obliged to increase its assistance and relief activities for the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees left in the Country, and also assist the tens of thousands of displaced persons in Lebanon and Jordan. It is my pleasure to announce that in 2018 Italy intends to double the financial support to UNRWA-managed humanitarian activities. We will not fail to give our support this Agency,” said Minister Alfano at the meeting.