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  Adar 1, 5773 , 11/02/13

Kerry Trying to Send $700 Million in Aid to PA

Amid a fierce debate over steep cuts to the U.S. budget, Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to free up almost $700 million in aid for the Palestinian Authority, a top US official said Monday.

"The secretary feels extremely strongly that it is time now to get this support to the Palestinian Authority," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

The department was working with Congress "to get appropriated money released for the Palestinian Authority because we think it's very, very important that they remain effective in supporting the needs of the Palestinian people."

Some $495.7 million was set aside for the Palestinian Authority in the fiscal year 2012 which ended on October 1, while another $200 million for this fiscal year was notified to Congress last week.

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