US officials urge Arabs to resume Palestinian aid

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Wednesday called on Arab governments to resume previous levels of assistance to the Palestinians, and raised warning flags over aid cuts contemplated by US lawmakers.
State Department officials appearing before Congress emphasized the benefits of assistance to the Palestinian Authority, including a newly trained cadre of Palestinian security forces they said were boosting regional security by pursuing militants in the West Bank.
"We will be discussing this with them (Arab states) again and urging them to at least meet the levels (of aid) that they have provided in past years so that the Palestinian Authority can continue to function," Jacob Walles, deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, told a House committee.
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