GAZA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- In spite of the ongoing crisis between several Gulf and Arab countries with Qatar, the latter on Tuesday signed an agreement with Gaza construction companies to build more housing units in the Gaza Strip.
"The 5.5 million dollars agreement is devoted for the construction of eight buildings," Qatari ambassador Mohamed Ammadi told a news briefing in Gaza.
The news briefing was held in Gaza city together with Nikolay Mladenov, the special United Nations envoy to the Middle East.
"In spite of the imposed embargo on Qatar, we will carry on and continue standing to the side of the besieged Palestinians," said Ammadi.
He added that "backing the Palestinian people directly or indirectly with all international establishments is officially done in permanent and full coordination with the Palestinian (National) Authority."
Ammadi, a Qatari engineer, stressed that his visit to the Gaza Strip "reiterates to the Palestinian people that Qatar stands to the side of the Palestinian people."
Ammadi arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, where he held talks with Abbas in Ramallah on Monday and returned back on Tuesday to sign the agreement on the construction of the housing units in the coastal enclave.
Meanwhile, Mladenov told the news briefing that he believes that there has been a successful partnership between Qatar and the UN that serves the Palestinian and helps to improve the hard living situation in Gaza."