Norway said Monday it would make its first transfer of direct aid to the Palestinians' new government, more than two months after recognizing the Hamas-led coalition.
Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said Norway would soon transfer $10 million to a financial account set up by Palestinian Finance Minister Fayyad.
"I urge others to follow," Stoere said. "We need to demonstrate that we are ready to engage, politically and financially" with the Palestinian government.
The United States, the European Union and others cut off direct aid to the Palestinian Authority last year after the installation of a government led by Hamas.
The suspension of aid contributed to a Palestinian financial crisis, disrupting health care and other government-funded programs and halting infrastructure projects.
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