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Sweden warns against cutting US aid to Palestinians

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Sweden, a big donor country that has recognised as a state, warned today that any US decision to withdraw to the UN agency for Palestinians would be destabilising for the

Sweden's UN said he had raised his concerns with following reports that the had withheld $125 million in due on January 1 for the Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians.

"My concern is that as we talk about regional stability, withdrawing funding for UNRWA would be very negative, both in terms of humanitarian needs of over five million people but also of course it would be destabilizing for the region," Skoog told reporters at

The Swedish said he did not rule out raising the issue at the Security Council, which is scheduled to hold its regular meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on January 25.

US earlier this month threatened to cut US aid to the Palestinians, saying on that gets "no appreciation or respect" from the Palestinians.

"We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect," Trump tweeted on January 2.

"With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?"

In Washington, a senior State Department said yesterday that "contrary to reports that we have halted funding to UNRWA, the decision is under review."

"There are still deliberations taking place, and we have missed no deadline," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

was the first EU country to recognize as a state in 2014 and is among the top 10 donors to UNRWA along with Britain, Germany, the European Union, and the

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 05:25 IST