India hikes aid for Palestinian refugees

New Delhi: According to the information provided by the External Affairs Ministry, India has made four-fold increase in its annual contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) rising the aid from USD 1.5 million to USD 5 million from 2018-19.

UNRWA, which is facing major funds crunch, had appealed to increase in annual contribution at the extraordinary ministerial conference held in Rome on March 15.

Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had announced to enhance support to the UNRWA at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting on Palestine on September 19 last year. The move is seen as part of India’s enhanced engagement with Palestine following Prime Minister’s historic visit to Palestine on February 10.