|Unrwa assists some 5.7 million Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. (Photo by= Reuters)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] US President Joe Biden's administration plans to provide $235m (£171m) of aid to Palestinians, restoring part of the assistance cut by Donald Trump. BBC reported that two-thirds will go to the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, which suffered from a financial crisis since it lost $360m of US funding in 2018.
Mr. Biden wants to "restore credible engagement" by the Palestinians in long-stalled peace talks with Israel. Palestinian leaders accused Mr. Trump of being heavily biased towards Israel. They rejected a peace plan he unveiled last year that envisaged recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley, and Jerusalem remaining Israel's "undivided capital".
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US plans included $75m in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10m for peacebuilding programs through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150m in humanitarian assistance for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (Unrwa). Unrwa Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said the agency "could not be more pleased that once again we will partner with the United States to provide critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable refugees across the Middle East".