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March 29, 2013 2:56 pm

Canada’s FM: No Guarantee to Renew Palestinian Authority Funding

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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. Photo: wiki commons.

Ahead of a trip to the Middle East Thursday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that the country is making no promises to renew Canada’s $300 million in aid spending for the Palestinian Authority.

The five-year commitment expires Sunday, but Baird said he wants to hear directly from the Palestinian Authority before he makes a firm commitment to renewing funding.

“There’s going to be a dialogue to find out what their priorities are,” Baird said Thursday, according to the National Post.

“Some of the projects have fallen a bit short, which is normal. We’re committed to finishing those.”

Baird will be in the West Bank next week. He will  visit Jordan this weekend, followed by stops in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Cyprus and Israel.

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