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Clients protest UNRWA policies in Bethlehem, January 22, 2017.

Russia, Kuwait and nine European nations have vowed to speed up their contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency UNRWA) in the wake of a funding cut by the United States.

However, no specific figures were announced.

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The United States has already transferred the first tranche of its annual contribution, minus $65 million from the $125 million originally allocated for this year’s first payment.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing earlier this month that the cut may not be permanent and for the time being was a “suspension” pending needed reforms at the agency.

In the past the United States has contributed one-third of the agency’s total budget.

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