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Minister Frej to sit down with PA prime minister in Norway

Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on July 14, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on July 14, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej will meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in Norway in the next few days, the minister tells The Times of Israel.

Frej will meet with Shtayyeh during a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, which coordinates international financial aid to the Palestinians. The meeting is set to take place this Wednesday in Norway.

Diplomats and observers have warned that the Palestinian Authority is undergoing a serious fiscal crisis. An economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, compounded by a severe drop in foreign assistance over the past year, has raised fears that the PA will no longer be able to pay its own civil servants.

Frej says he will urge donor countries to renew their aid to Ramallah.

“During our meetings in the coming days, our message to international donors will be to provide more aid to the Palestinians,” the minister says. “The neglect over the past years has created a financial crisis that threatens not just the Palestinian Authority, but the region as a whole.”

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