China helps to support Gaza food program

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Added On August 9, 2018

 China has signed an agreement with the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to provide 2.35 million U.S. dollars support to the Gaza food program for 2018.

 
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The Director of the Office of the People’s Republic of China to the State of Palestine Guo Wei and the UNRWA commissioner general Pierre Krahenbul signed the deal.
 
The UNRWA described the agreement as a generous support by the Government of China, expressing gratitude for the financial support in light of the critical financial shortage the agency is suffering after the U.S. cut of its aid by over a half.
 
SOUDNBITE()PIERRE KRAHENBUL, UNRWA commissioner general
“This is a landmark moment in the development our relationship and our partnership with China, the country that has historically gave great attention to the issue of Palestine and has always shown attention and solidarity for Palestine refugees throughout the region.”
 
Guo Wei reiterated the unwavering position of China towards the support of Palestinians through various channels.
 
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)MR. GUO WEI, Chinese official
“China would like to announce a grant of 100 million yuan in support of efforts to build the economy and improve the lives of this people. In addition, China will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Palestine and to make further contributions to the UNRWA.”
 
The UNRWA recently said it has succeeded in reducing ties deficit from 446 million U.S. dollars to 217 million U.S. dollars, but warned that it would have to reduce its services due to the shortage.
 
The agency has been suffering from severe financial difficulties for several years and complained at the end of last year of a budget deficit of 49 million U.S. dollars that has affected the level of its services.