Meeting of international donor group for Palestine (AHLC) on 17 November

Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt will chair a ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), the international donor group for Palestine, on 17 November. The meeting will take place in Oslo. It will also be possible to participate digitally. Participants at the meeting will include representatives of Palestine, Israel, the US, and various European, Arab and other donor countries.

The aim of the AHLC is to develop the institutional and economic foundation for a Palestinian state based on a negotiated two-state solution.

The Palestinian economy has faced significant challenges for many years and remains very weak. The situation has further deteriorated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the high levels of infection in Palestine and the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over Gaza in May. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has a significant budget deficit, and there has been a rise in poverty and unemployment. The situation, both on the West Bank and in Gaza, gives cause for concern. At the same time, the recent increase in political dialogue between the Israelis and Palestinians offers hope that relations between the parties will improve.

Accreditation for the press conference

After the meeting, at approximately 18:15, there will be a press conference where Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt will sum up the meeting and answer questions. Members of the press who wish to participate must register on this website no later than 15 November. It will also be possible to participate in the press conference and ask questions via the digital platform.

Press contact: Communications Adviser Guri Solberg (mobile phone:  +47 92 21 97 69,  guri.solberg@mfa.no).