Swedish FM on Ramallah visit raps Palestinians for corruption

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Swedish FM on Ramallah visit raps Palestinians for corruption
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde called on the Palestinian Authority to fight its own corruption, but did not threaten to slash aid to Palestinian NGOs if the corruption will not be curbed.
By LAHAV HARKOV
OCTOBER 21, 2021

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde called on the Palestinian Authority to mitigate corruption in its ranks, during her visit to Ramallah on Tuesday, the Press Office of the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm confirmed on Thursday. However, contrary to reports in pro-Hamas media that were picked up by more mainstream sources, the ministry did not confirm that Linde threatened to cut aid to the Palestinians if they do not take care of corruption.

Rather, the press office said, “strengthened democratic public institutions – including reduced corruption and increased accountability – is one of the objectives of Sweden’s five-year strategy” for aid to the Palestinians, which ends in 2024. Linde “underlined that Sweden’s development cooperation with Palestine will continue in line with our five-year strategy,” the ministry stated. And, in fact, Linde called for the EU to transfer funds to Palestinian NGOs, which have been stuck because the EU made its standards more stringent against funding organizations that employ people who are members of terrorist organizations, and due to complaints that school books published thanks to EU donations contain antisemitic content and incitement to violence.

more.............. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/s...nians-for-corruption-on-ramallah-visit-682775
 
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