During a June 23 visit to Tulkarem, American Consul General Michael Ratney met with Governor Dr. Abdullah Kmeil and Mayor Iyad Jallad, toured the local muqata’a, and visited the al-Mentar museum and a USAID-funded strawberry farm.
After their meeting, Governor Kmeil and Area Commander Muhamad al Araj led the Consul General on a tour of the USAID-funded muqata’a. The Consul General and Governor Kmeil discussed the economic and security environment in Tulkarem as well as possible health consequences associated with nearby chemical factories.
The mayor and the Consul General discussed challenges faced by the residents of Tulkarem, including wastewater treatment and electricity, as well as U.S. development projects in the area. The Consul General emphasized continued U.S. Government support for Palestinian economic development. Viewing the al-Mentar museum’s displays of Palestinian artifacts, the Consul General expressed his appreciation for Palestinian craftsmanship and history and emphasized how such collections could be leveraged to boost tourism.
During his visit to the strawberry farm, the Consul General stressed the importance of technological innovation in strengthening the Palestinian economy and congratulated the farmers on the success of their operations. The farm is a beneficiary of a U.S. Agency for International Development program that provided technical assistance to support new growing techniques that conserve water and boost productivity.