Palestinian officials suspend meetings with US following quarrel with Prez Trump’s admin over office row
Palestinian officials said they have suspended meetings with the United States following a quarrel with President Trump’s administration over the future of their representative office in Washington.
Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki said by deciding to close the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Americans had effectively cut off ties.
A PLO spokesman also confirmed they had received instructions from President Mahmud Abbas regarding closing down all communication lines with the Americans.
However, the suspension of meetings was not confirmed by the Americans.
US State Department officials said, they are in contact with Palestinian officials about the status of the PLO office in Washington as well as about larger efforts to advance a lasting and comprehensive peace.
The PLO, which the international community sees as representing all Palestinians, must have its permission to operate premises in the US capital renewed by the State Department every six months. But last week the department refused to renew the permit.