"We are all conscious that the reconstruction and development efforts will remain insufficient, powerless and threatened in the absence of a political settlement," Abbas said at the conference in Sharm El-Sheikh. "We appreciate your presence and the financial, economic and technical support that you are giving to the Palestinian people but we insist on the pressing need to achieve substantial progress towards a just settlement."
The Palestinians are seeking $2.8 billion in aid following the devastating three-week war on Gaza. US-backed peace talks aimed at creating an independent Palestinian state have been frozen since the war.
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