Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Obama pledges $400 million aid package for Palestinians

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was in Washington today for a meeting with President Barack Obama. The American administration promised $400 million in development programs and aid for both the West Bank and Gaza, though the State Department's official statement concerning the aid seemed to indicate it would be used predominately in Gaza. No details as to how the aid would be administered were mentioned, however:

“The president has described the situation in Gaza as unsustainable, and it demands a significant change in strategy. While we work with our partners in the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Egypt, and the international community to put such a strategy in place, these projects represent a down payment on the United States’ commitment to Palestinians in Gaza, who deserve a better life and expanded opportunities, and the chance to take part in building a viable, independent state of Palestine, together with those who live in the West Bank.”

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