US Transfers $200 Mn As Palestinian Aid
The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told that US has transferred 200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority to help it fill a serious budget shortfall.
The money is part of a $900-million aid pledge to the Palestinians made by Clinton at an Arab summit earlier this year. Clinton said the economic development was vital for achieving peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
"It is our hope that this support will further conditions in which a Palestinian state can be realised," Clinton said. The Palestinian Authority had "proven a reliable partner for peace".
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, who had participated in the announcement by video conference, welcomed the new aid and said it "couldn't have been timelier".
"It will enhance our capacity to deliver vitally needed services to our people in Gaza and the West Bank," Fayyad said.