OIC regrets US decision to end UNRWA funding

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) voiced regret at the US decision to stop its financial contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which would contribute to further aggravating the economic, social and humanitarian suffering of the refugees.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen affirmed the need for the continuation of UNRWA to carry out its vital and important role, in accordance with the mandate given to it by the UN General Assembly. He pointed out that UNRWA represents an international witness to the continued suffering of Palestine refugees and a confirmation of the international community's commitment toward their assistance and supporting their inalienable rights as well as maintaining the vitality and effectiveness of their cause within the UN responsibility.

The secretary general called on all countries of the world to continue to shoulder their responsibilities and increase UNRWA support and funding to enable the agency to continue serving this large segment of the Palestinian people.

Source: International Islamic News Agency