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Palestine solution imperative for regional peace: Maleeha Lodhi

New York: At the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi called for a resolution of the Palestinian dispute, describing it as an imperative for regional peace and stability. Permanent representative of Pakistan at the UN, Lodhi said that the “lack of progress on the Palestinian issue had not only betrayed the hopes and aspirations of generations, but had also sowed the seeds of endless hostility and discord in the region.” She was speaking in the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly on the Report of the…

Sweden warns against cutting US aid to Palestinians

STOCKHOLM: Sweden, a big donor country that has recognized Palestine as a state, warned Tuesday that any US decision to withdraw funds to the UN agency for Palestinians would be destabilising for the Middle East. Sweden's UN Ambassador Olof Skoog said he had raised his concerns with US Ambassador Nikki Haley following reports that the US administration had withheld $125 million in funds due on January 1 for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinians. "My concern is that as we talk about…