Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah shakes hands with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
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The international community Thursday pledged $100 million to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl announced following a donor summit in Rome. The extraordinary ministerial conference in the Italian capital was looking to secure funding from donors to make up UNWRA's current $446 million shortfall. Guterres announced that the U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund would be releasing an exceptional combined rapid response grant and loan allocation of $30 million to the agency."We call on UNRWA to take Palestinians off their lists if they are not accounted for, or obtain another citizenship other than the Palestinian one," Bassil told donors. However, he did not elaborate on his proposal or how it would affect funding. About 70 countries in addition to various international organizations were present at the conference, according to the source.
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