Canada provides $66M to Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as they...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as they review an honour guard ceremony in the West Bank town of Ramallah January 20, 2014. Harper is on a four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:02 PM ET

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas here Monday morning where he announced Canada would provide the Palestinians with $66 million in new aid money.

Since the Palestinian Authority was created in 1993, Canadian governments have provided the Palestinians with $650 million in aid.

Though Abbas and Harper are far apart on many issues, Abbas said he respected the Canadian government's right to disagree with his view and was grateful for the financial support.

"What Canada is giving us in terms of assistance and support -- particularly the additional funds -- is something our people deeply appreciates and respects fully," Abbas told reporters.

Harper, for his part, seemed to address domestic critics as well as those in some international circles that Canada is no longer a so-called "honest broker" in the region.

“Canada has a position of principle supported by the vast majority of Canadians," Harper said at a press conference held underneath portraits of Abbas and the late Yasser Arafat.


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