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High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell participated today by videoconference in the third Ministerial Strategic Dialogue on UNRWA co-organised by the Swedish and Jordanian Foreign Ministers.

The High Representative recalled the European Union´s continued strong and predictable support to UNRWA, both politically and financially. This support is all the more important in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributor to UNRWA’s budget, providing about 60% of the funding. The EU will continue to do its utmost to reach out to existing and potential new donors and welcomes the initiative of Jordan and Sweden to organise an international conference at the beginning of 2021.

The High Representative further stressed that the work of UNRWA remains crucial for all Palestinian refugees, their future, as well as for the viability of the two-state solution, and for the stability and security of the region.