RAMALLAH, Friday, September 23, 2022 (WAFA) – Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong announced today that her country will double its humanitarian and development assistance contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) this financial year to 20 million Australian dollars.
"In recognition of the vital work UNRWA undertakes I am pleased to announce today that Australia plans to double our contribution to UNRWA this financial year, from $10 to $20 million Australian dollars," she said in a statement.
She added, "Australia remains a strong supporter of a two-state solution, in which Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist, in peace and security, within internationally recognised borders. Viewing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from one perspective will not achieve that goal."
"A two-state solution can only be achieved through a negotiated outcome between the two parties. Australia encourages Israel and the Palestinians to return to direct negotiations in good faith. We would welcome any initiative that can assist in the resumption of direct peace negotiations, to arrive at a sustainable and resilient settlement."