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Afghanistan donates one Million for Palestinian refugees

Afghanistan Donates $1M Aid for Palestinian Refugees

ISTANBUL – The National Unity Government (NUG) donated $1 million in financial aid for Palestinian refugees at an event in Istanbul on Sunday.
The aid was presented to Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) by Afghanistan’s Envoy to Turkey Rahim Sayed, at the Ceremony also featuring Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Cavusoglu praised the Afghan government and people for their Aid for the Palestinian people, coming in the wake of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states to support the Palestinians.
More than a decade and a half after a US-led campaign that toppled the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan, itself, has been battling abject poverty. A joint study by the European Union and Afghanistan’s Central Statistics Organisation in May 2018 showed that Afghanistan’s poverty rate was at 55% in the year 2016-17 – that’s more than half of its population living on less than one dollar per day.
“The Afghan people have greater need than the Palestinians of the $1 million due to the conditions in which they live – terror and other challenges in particular,” said Cavusoglu, adding:
“But they sent this money here, forgetting their own hardship in order to make our Palestinian refugee brothers and sisters continue their education and not to be left hungry and homeless.”
He also added that Afghanistan’s contribution for Palestinians will never be forgotten.
Afghanistan’s ambassador, for his part, called Kabul’s stance for the cause of Palestine “strong.”
“We Afghans face many economic problems, and we’re struggling and fighting for a better future for our people. We’re aware of the difficulties that people of Palestine are facing,” said Sayed.
He said the Afghan government considers Erdogan’s call on OIC member states to support the people of Palestine a “positive step.”
Afghanistan also welcomed the OIC initiative for the establishment of a “Waqf Fund” to support Palestinian asylums.
In his remarks, the ambassador called on OIC member states as well as other countries to support the people of Palestine “in such a pressing time that they need help and support.”
(Sahar News)

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