Barack Obama used his last day in office to donate millions in funding to the Palestinian authority.
The Obama administration quietly released $221m [£177.6] to the Palestinian authority. The Republician opposition had attempted to block the funding from being released. The money is to be used for humanitarian aid in the West Bank and in Gaza.
The money will also be used to fund other projects relating to governance and political reform. State Department officials announced plans to release the funding just hours before Trump’s inauguration on 20 January 2017.
Republican members of congress had ‘placed holds’ on the money. The news of the funding was reportedly announced by a State Department official and several congressional aids.
The release of the funding came just days before Trump announced plans to move the US embassy in Israel. The embassy is to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
This is a movie which will not help the conflict. Palestinians have rejected the decision as it does not help with bringing peace to Palestine. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas , wrote a letter to Trump.
He said that the move would have a ‘disastrous impact on the peace process’, and ‘the two-state solution’. Abbas said that this would also have an impact on the ‘stability’ and ‘security’ of the ‘entire region’.
Further funding was also released. $4m [£3.2m] has been released for climate change programmes and $1.25m [£1m] has been released to UN agencies.
The money released to climate change programmes will help with cutting emissions. A climate technology centre will also be created.
Funding that was released to the UN will aid projects fighting against sexual exploitation. The UN money will also deal with ozone protection and peace-building. Other UN programs will also benefit.
In his last hours, Obama used his authority to try and improve the world.
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