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Japan’s Foreign Minister discuss UNRWA funding suspension

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Amman, 27 February 2024 (TDI): On February 27th, Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tsuji Kiyoto, discussed the United Nations Relief and Works Agency funding suspension with Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner General of UNRWA.

Japan, UNRWA collaboration

The Foreign Minister Tsuji emphasized the necessity for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to take appropriate measures in response to allegations regarding the involvement of its staff in the October 7 terrorist attacks.

He urged the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to reinforce its governance structures. In response, Commissioner General Lazzarini conveyed the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s commitment to enhancing governance practices.

Additionally, he expressed the agency’s appreciation for Japan’s longstanding partnership and emphasized the importance of maintaining trust between the two entities.

Both parties underscored their shared concerns regarding the worsening humanitarian situation faced by Palestinian refugees. They agreed to maintain close communication channels.

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Moreover, they ensured alignment with the progress of the United Nations investigation and independent review processes.

Furthermore, they acknowledged the significance of considering actions taken by other donor countries regarding their funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

This recognition highlights the complex landscape of international support for Palestine refugees. It underscores Japan’s commitment to ensuring accountability and transparency within the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

State Minister Tsuji and Commissioner General Lazzarini talked about Japan’s active engagement in addressing global humanitarian challenges.

Lazzarini said that Japan demonstrated its commitment to upholding principles of good governance. It showed accountability in international aid efforts.

As the meeting concluded, both parties reiterated their commitment to continued collaboration and communication.

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