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Sanchez announces that Spain will mobilize an additional 16 million euros to support Palestine

Sanchez announces that Spain will mobilize an additional 16 million euros to support Palestine

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, within the framework of the International Conference on the Emergency Humanitarian Response to Gaza, held in Jordan. (EFE/Fernando Calvo/Paul Moncloa)

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Tuesday that A An additional package worth 16 million euros To help Palestine, while insisting on the need for all parties to the conflict in Gaza to adhere to international law.

Sanchez announced this during his participation in the “Call to Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response to Gaza” conference, sponsored by Jordanian King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, which was held on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan.

The President stressed that “the situation is more dangerous than ever” in Gaza, where a “tragedy” is unfolding, and thus defended that It should be increased “significantly” Humanitarian aid and aid entering the Gaza Strip.

In this sense, he noted that the government has already tripled its support for Palestine in 2023. Until it reached 50 million Euro in humanitarian aid and development financing. He stressed that “our commitment to Palestine will continue and intensify in 2024,” announcing that there will be “an additional package worth 16 million euros.”

Pedro Sanchez officially announces recognition of Palestine “for the sake of peace” and engagement with “people who are friends of Israel.”

Sanchez took the opportunity at this stage to reiterate Spain’s support for the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which in recent years In recent months, 23.5 million euros have been allocated. He added: “We must maintain or even increase our support for UNRWA, which must be able to operate in Gaza,” where “its work has become more important than ever.”

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On the other hand, he welcomed the Security Council resolution supporting the ceasefire proposal drafted by the United States and urged Israel and Hamas to “act responsibly and take advantage of the new opportunity afforded to us.”

Likewise, he insisted on the need to comply with international humanitarian law and made clear that “all parties” to this conflict must comply with the decisions of the International Court of Justice, which issued precautionary measures calling, among others, on Israel to stop the attack on Rafah. He noted that it is “binding on all members.”

Sanchez explained that failure to comply with the aforementioned precautionary measures is precisely what led to this Spain joins the case opened by South Africa Before the International Court of Justice against Israel on charges of violating the Genocide Convention. He stressed that “international law must be respected.”

Finally, he wanted to clarify once again that Recognizing Palestine as a state May 28 was not a “symbolic gesture.” “This is not something that conflicts with Israel“It is the best guarantee for the security of Israel and the region,” he said.

*Information prepared by Europe Press