Afghanistan donates $1 million to UN agency for Palestinians

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, talks as Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, right, listens during a meeting in Istanbul, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Afghanistan's ambassador to Turkey presented a one million U.S. dollar aid to the main UN program for Palestinian refugees in an Istanbul ceremony. Cavusoglu said the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, (UNRWA) would need more support in the future and promised Turkey would increase its aid to Palestinians.In August, the Trump administration announced it will cut U.S. funding for the program. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, centre right, accompanied by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, centre left, pose for a group photo of Palestinians ambassadors in the European Union, following a meeting in Istanbul, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Afghanistan's ambassador to Turkey presented a one million U.S. dollar aid to the main UN program for Palestinian refugees in an Istanbul ceremony. In August, the Trump administration announced it will cut U.S. funding for the program. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

ISTANBUL — Afghanistan has given $1 million to the main U.N. program for Palestinian refugees.

Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan, Afghanistan's ambassador to Turkey, presented the donation on Sunday to Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, in an Istanbul ceremony.

Turkey's foreign minister, who hosted the meeting, congratulated Afghanistan for the donation. Mevlut Cavusoglu said that despite the hardships suffered by the Afghan people, their country has shown "the most beautiful example of international brotherhood with its noble act."

Cavusoglu added that UNRWA would need more support in the future and promised Turkey would increase its aid to Palestinians.

Last August, the Trump administration announced it was cutting U.S. funding for the agency.

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