Congress releases $40M foreign aid to Palestinian AuthorityBy Jenny Lei Ravelo02 January 2012
The U.S. Congress has freed up part of the aid package for the Palestinian Authority’s infrastructure and health projects it froze in August 2011. The $40 million assistance will be provided through the economic support fund account.
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said “we’re gratified that 40 million has now been released” and that the department will continue its dialogue with Congress to secure additional funding for the country’s programs for the Palestinian people.
Congress placed a hold on the funds in an attempt to discourage the Palestinian Authority from seeking statehood at the United Nations.
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