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Jordan to lead fundraising for U.N. Palestinian agency after U.S. cuts

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UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Kraehenbuehl speaks during a news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman, Jordan, August 30, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan said on Thursday it would lead a campaign to raise funds for the U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees, to help it survive after the United States cut its funding.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said a meeting next month in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly would mobilize support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to continue core education and health services.

“Any shortage in funding will drive hundreds of thousands towards deprivation and despair,” Safadi, whose country has 2.2 million U.N. registered Palestinian refugees, said in Amman after meeting Pierre Krahenbuhl, the UNRWA head. Jordan will call for an Arab League meeting to lobby for donors to cover the $200 million shortfall needed to shore up UNRWA, Safadi said.

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