Jordan said on Saturday it regretted a US decision to halt funding to a United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it would only fuel radicalism and harm prospects for Middle East peace.
According to Reuters, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said his country, which hosts more than 2 million of the over 5 million registered refugees whom the agency supports, would continue to rally donor support to ease the acute financial crunch faced by the agency.
The US has announced on Friday it would no longer support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Earlier this year the United States, long its biggest donor, had slashed funding.
"Disruption of UNRWA services will have extremely dangerous humanitarian, political and security implications for refugees and the whole region," Safadi said.
"It will only consolidate an environment of despair that would ultimately create fertile grounds for further tension, adding that, politically speaking, it will also further hurt the credibility of peacemaking efforts," he concluded.
Source: International Islamic News Agency