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'Neutrality' and humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees

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US President Joe Biden has transferred $135.8 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), following the signing of the 2021-2022 Framework for Cooperation and with additional conditions for the agency's commitment to "neutrality".

"The signing of the US-UNRWA Framework and additional support demonstrates we once again have an ongoing partner in the United States that understands the need to provide critical assistance to some of the region's most vulnerable refugees," UNRWA's Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini stated.

US aid to UNRWA was given against a commitment by the agency to abide by conditions such as "communicating any serious neutrality violations" to the US. "Like all UN agencies, UNRWA and its staff cannot take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature," the agreement partly reads.

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