Spain disagrees with EU move to suspend Palestinian aid

Spain said on Monday that it “disagrees” with a decision by the European Union to suspend development aid to the Palestinians in the wake of the Hamas assault on Israel.

“(Foreign Minister) Jose Manuel Albares, called European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi to say he disagrees with this decision,” Spain’s foreign ministry said, adding that Albares called for this to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of European foreign ministers.

The EU had halted development aid payments to the Palestinians on Monday.

“All payments are immediately suspended. All projects are put under review. All new budget proposals, including for 2023 postponed until further notice. Comprehensive assessment of the whole portfolio,” European Union Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi posted on X.

He added, “The scale of terror and brutality against #Israel and its people is a turning point. There can be no business as usual. As the biggest donor of the Palestinians, the European Commission is putting its full development portfolio under review, worth a total of EUR 691m.”

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