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Saudi government donates $5.2 million to UNRWA

June 22, 2011 6:59 P.M. (Updated: June 22, 2011 6:59 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- UNRWA has received a $5.2 million from Saudi Arabia, part of the kingdom's annual contribution to the agency’s core budget, together with some payments relating to earlier years.

UNRWA Commissioner General Filippo Grandi, taking delivery of a cheque from Fahd Al Zaid, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Jordan, said, "UNRWA is grateful to the leadership and people of Saudi Arabia for this timely contribution. It comes at a time when the agency is facing a very worrying deficit in funding for its regular programs. The kingdom’s support for UNRWA is highly appreciated."

Saudi Arabia is the current chair of the UNRWA advisory commission and is one of the biggest funders of the agency construction and relief projects, an UNRWA statement said.
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