Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has given the State of Palestine $1 million in medical aid through the World Health Organization (WHO) to deal with the Corona pandemic by providing medical equipment and technical assistance, confirming her country's position in support of the needs of the Palestinian people and the two-state solution.
Australian Ambassador to palestine Mark Bailey, B'Tselem minister of foreign affairs and expatriates Riad al-Maliki, delivered a letter from the Foreign Minister of Australia in response to Maliki's request to the Government of Australia to provide medical assistance to the Palestinian people to cope with the Corona pandemic.
In his letter, Al-Maliki praised Australia's excellence in the face of the pandemic, expressing the Palestinian government's interest in australian support given the high number of casualties and deaths in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He noted the deteriorating health conditions in the State of Palestine and the efforts of Palestinian medical staff, despite the lack of medical resources.
He reviewed the latest political developments on the Palestinian scene, stressing the need to maintain the principle of a two-state solution in accordance with the law and international standards agreed upon, in order to bring stability and lasting peace in the Middle East, referring to president Mahmoud Abbas's decree to hold legislative and presidential elections.