Published: 2022-07-15 12:19
Last Updated: 2022-08-14 09:02
Friday, US President Joe Biden said that the United States has provided $85 million to East Jerusalem hospitals, while announcing an additional $100 million to support a Palestinian hospital network.
Biden also welcomed the UAE's contribution of $25 million to the Palestinian health sector, and added that he hopes for other international aid to be provided to the health sector in Palestine.
"Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity and dignity. And access to health care when you need it, is essential to living a life of dignity for all of us," Biden said during his visits at Augusta Victoria hospital in East Jerusalem.
"The United States will continue to work the Palestinian leadership, with the government of Israel and with all our international partners to ensure that East Jerusalem's hospital network remains sustainable, remains available and is able to provide the high-quality care the Palestinian people deserve," he added.
Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Biden in Bethlehem on Friday and the latter is scheduled to attend a Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan (known as the GCC+3).
Earlier on Thursday, Joe Biden said that the purpose of his trip to Saudi Arabia is designed to “reassert” US influence in the Middle East, so there will not be a “vacuum” in the region filled by “Russia or China,” reported the Associated Press.
“I want to make clear that we can continue to lead in the region and not create a vacuum, a vacuum that is filled by China and or Russia, against the interests of both Israel and the United States and many other countries,” Biden said.