Jordan-Sweden-UNRWA trilateral meeting discusses refugee agency's budget deficit, pandemic impact

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Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde and Commissioner General of UNRWA Philippe Lazzarini held a trilateral meeting over rallying the necessary international support to UNRWA to meet the agency's financial needs amid the increasing financial pressures and requirements to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a ministry statement.

Lazzarini, during the virtual meeting via video conferencing, briefed the envoys on the agency's financial situation and its efforts to provide the necessary support, touching on the agency's future plans.

Talks during the meeting went over the financial challenges facing UNRWA and the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic on Palestinian refugee communities, also covering the agency's budget and programmes.

The officials also highlighted the importance of continuing the agency's programmes, as part of international efforts to handle and contain the consequences of the pandemic.