Palestinian president calls on Arab countries for financial support

French President Macron meets with the Palestinian President Abbas, in Ramallah

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Palestinian government has not received the financial support it had expected from international and regional partners, President Mahmoud Abbas said at an Arab League summit on Thursday.

"It has now become critical to activate the Arab safety net, to boost the resilience of our people and to enable the government to carry out its duties," Abbas said.

Funding of the Palestinian Authority, the body which exercises limited governance of the occupied West Bank, has been severely restricted by a dispute over transferring tax revenue Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians.

Funding from international donors has also been squeezed, falling from 30% of the $6 billion annual budget to around 1%, former Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has said.

(This story has been corrected to say that Mohammad Shtayyeh is a former Palestinian prime minister, in paragraph 4)

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta and Tala Ramadan; Editing by Michael Georgy and Bernadette Baum)