Arab countries hosting Palestinian refugees hold coordination meeting

Amman, The Department of Palestinian Affairs on Sunday hosted a coordination meeting of Arab countries hosting Palestinian refugees, with delegations from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt and the Arab League.

The gathering comes ahead of the meeting of the Advisory Committee of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is slated for tomorrow at the Dead Sea.

Director General of the Department Rafiq Kharfan said the meeting comes at a time where the agency is facing unprecedented financial and political challenges that threaten its structure under US-Israeli efforts to end its operations, as well as voting to renew its mandate by the United Nations General Assembly is nearing.

He reiterated the Kingdom's position under its Hashemite leadership that "it will not relinquish the Hashemite custodianship over the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem or the rights of the Palestinian refugees.

He pointed out that the UNRWA is a witness to the Palestinian refugee issue, and that Jordan will not accept the termination of its work until Palestinians have all their rights in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions.

Ahmad Abu Houli, delegate of Palestine, lauded Jordan's uncompromising stance toward the Palestinian cause, calling for a unified position on Arab issues including the financial and political support of the UNRWA to continue to provide its services to Palestinian refugees.

Delegate of the Arab League Haider Jubouri pointed out the importance of focusing on a unified stance toward the financial crisis plaguing the agency, after the United States withheld funding from the UNRWA.

Source: Jordan News Agency