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US envoy to UN meets UNRWA head, lauds critical role of agency and urges reforms

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

In this file photo taken on February 2, 2020, a child stands next to a sack of flour as people come to receive food aid from a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) distribution center in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip (SAID KHATIB / AFP)
In this file photo taken on February 2, 2020, a child stands next to a sack of flour as people come to receive food aid from a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) distribution center in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip (SAID KHATIB / AFP)

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield has wrapped up a meeting with United Nations Relief and Works Agency Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini, her office says.

The two discussed the US decision to restore funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, with Thomas-Greenfield lauding the “critical role” in providing vital services to a vulnerable Palestinian populations.

The US envoy “also committed to working together with UNRWA to achieve important reforms to strengthen​ the agency’s effectiveness and efficiencies, as well as to promote shared UN principles of equality, neutrality, tolerance, and anti-discrimination,” her office says.

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