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UK to deliver $420 million to Palestine over next 3 years

July 7, 2011 9:13 P.M. (Updated: July 10, 2011 2:35 P.M.)
Correction appended

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Ramallah Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the British Minister for International Development Alan Duncan signed an agreement Thursday to provide £262 million [$420 million] UK aid to Palestine between 2011-2014.

The aid agreement will contribute £100 million [$160 million] towards supporting the Palestinian Authority's budget and other funds will be allocated to development projects, technical assistance, projects supporting civil society and as part of humanitarian aid programs.

Fayyad stated that the agreement reflects the strong relations between the two governments and that the aid will support efforts being made by the PA to establish an independent Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The agreement comes at a time in which the PA is striving to overcome a financial crisis. Fayyad called on Arab donor countries to fulfill their financial commitments to the support the PA budget, which must be able to meet the needs of its citizens.

The UK has donated approximately $320 million to the PA as of 2007. UK aid has gone towards supporting the PA budget, building health infrastructure, supporting human rights and providing humanitarian aid.

At the Paris donors conference in 2007, the UK pledged to give a further $500 million over the 2008-2010 period to support infrastructure projects and strengthen Palestinian Authority institutions.

This version CORRECTS that £262 million UK aid was pledged to Palestine in total, with £100 million to the Palestinian Authority.
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