U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reportedly urged Arab countries to scale up their financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, which currently receives the bulk of its budget support from the U.S. and European Union.
Clinton discussed the issue with the emir of Qatar, with whom she met on the sidelines of the recently concluded U.N. summit on the Millennium Development Goals in New York, The Washington Post reports. The secretary of state also urged for more aid in a meeting with an Arab League committee that is pursuing an Arab proposal offering to recognize Israel if it reaches a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
“She did encourage Qatar to make a contribution and to encourage others to do as well,” P.J. Crowley, spokesperson for the State Department, said according to the Post.
The newspaper says Arab diplomats, who requested anonymity, noted that there is little trust within the Arab community that the Palestinian Authority will use budget support wisely.