European Commission backtracks on suspension of Palestinian aid payments

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The European Commission said on Monday that aid payments for Palestinians would not be suspended, directly contradicting a statement by one of its top officials earlier in the day.

The Commission said it was launching a review of its assistance for Palestine following Hamas’s attack on Israel at the weekend.

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“In the meantime, as there were no payments foreseen, there will be no suspension of payments,” the Commission said in a statement.

Earlier on Monday, Oliver Varhelyi, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, said on social media platform X that the Commission was putting all its development aid to Palestinians under review.

“All payments immediately suspended,” he said.

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