PA Minister "completely opposes" aid money to Palestine unless it is unconditional
Headline: “Al-Malki: The European Union is continuing to prevent the arrival of the monetary aid due to the curriculum”
“[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki said that the European Union (EU) is still preventing the arrival of the monetary aid to the State of Palestine’s treasury, and that there is no breakthrough of any sort on the topic. This is because [the EU] adheres to its position to change the [PA] curriculum before renewing the aid, which was halted two years ago.
In statements to [the official PA] radio [station] The Voice of Palestine this morning, Monday [March 21, 2022], he added that EU Commissioner for Neighborhood [and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi] will visit Palestine next week, and that they will discuss cancelling the conditioning [of aid] with him.
Al-Malki emphasized that there are serious disagreements between the EU states regarding renewing the monetary aid to Palestine, as nine states voted against renewing the aid and nine supported providing unconditional monetary aid, while nine states abstained from voting – which means a continuation of the crisis. He emphasized that the [PA] leadership is monitoring the topic at the highest levels, and that a letter will be sent to the EU commission from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas on the topic…
Al-Malki emphasized that Palestine completely opposes conditional funding to the public treasury. He emphasized that this is unacceptable for the states receiving aid from the EU, as placing conditions on the funding embarrasses them internationally.”