Amman, 21 October 2023 (TDI): Annalena Baerbock, the German Foreign Minister announced 50 million euro ($52.8 million) humanitarian aid package for the civilians in the Gaza Strip during her first visit to the Middle East.

She made this announcement during her meeting with Jordan’s counterpart, Ayman Safadi, in Amman on October 20, 2023. 

Baerbock stated that the aid will provide support to international organizations, including the World Food Program, UNICEF, and UNRWA, the UN Palestine refugee agency during her meeting with Jordan Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi in Amman. Additionally, Germany plans to send medical teams to the Gaza Strip as part of this assistance.

She announced this significant humanitarian aid package during her visit to Jordan. This visit marks the initial stage of her tour across the region, which will subsequently include stops in Lebanon and Israel.

She added that the primary objective of her visit was to convey unwavering solidarity and contribute to securing Palestinian access to humanitarian needs.

During a joint press conference with the Foreign Minister of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, she clarified that “We do not forsake the innocent Palestinian mothers, fathers, and children.”

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Before commencing her tour, she emphasized the importance of acknowledging the suffering of the Palestinian people and stated “It is crucial for me to convey to the Palestinians that we recognize their suffering.” She further added that the humanitarian situation in Gaza has reached catastrophic levels.

She had previously visited Israel and Egypt with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and mentioned that Berlin is working closely with the G7, European Union, and regional allies to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Furthermore, she expressed her intention to engage with channels that have communication with Hamas to discuss the release of hostages held by the organization.