Despite objections from one U.S. lawmaker, Washington has expressed its intentions to “move” the remainder of its development aid to the Palestinian territories.
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already advised key members of Congress of the administration’s plan to release the remaining $58 million.
The money forms part of the U.S. contribution to the $1.1 billion appeal for the Palestinian territories, which is currently experiencing fiscal challenges. Nuland said, however, that there is no intention in Washington to ask for more money “in the short run.”
On Wednesday (April 11), the Middle East Quartet, composed of the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union, called on the international community to assist the Palestinian Authority in its “institution-building efforts,” among other initiatives.
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