Lithuania provides assistance for Palestine refugees
On 23 June, the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimonda Murmokaitė took part in the Extraordinary Virtual Ministerial Pledging Conference on UNRWA hosted by the governments of Sweden and Jordan. The event in support of Palestine refugees and UNRWA was co-chaired by Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and the Foreign Minister of Jordan. The conference aimed to ensure that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) bridged the financial gap and received sufficient resources to continue delivering on its mandate.
At the donors’ conference, the Lithuanian representative voiced consistent support to the agency that provided vital humanitarian aid, as well as backed its goal of contributing in a targeted manner to help communities affected by conflict in the Middle East.
“Lithuania stands in solidarity with the international community and, bearing in mind the exacerbating humanitarian crisis in refugee camps due to pandemic risks, remains committed to helping UNRWA secure its financial resources to deliver quality services to Palestine refugees,” said R. Murmokaitė.
Lithuania has also announced the allocation of EUR 50, 000 in humanitarian aid to Palestine refugees this year to help reduce the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNRWA was established in 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programs for Palestine refugees. Today, some 5.6 million Palestine refugees across the Middle East are eligible for UNRWA services.