U.S. reverses move to close Palestinian office in DC

  • U.S. reverses move to close Palestinian office in DC

U.S. reverses move to close Palestinian office in DC

With regard to the PLO office in the US, Erekat pointed out that its licence expired on 18 November but it has not been renewed by the State Department.

Israeli news daily Haaretz reported that the decision was announced Friday night, a week after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to the Mission explaining that its ambassador had 90 days to shut down.

Palestinian leaders in D.C. were advised to keep their work "related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace" with Israel.

The Trump administration could lift the restrictions after 90 days if peace talks have begun between the Palestinians and the US, the AP reported.

Last week, US officials said the Palestine Liberation Organization mission in the nation's capital must close, in accordance with a USA law related to the Palestinians having tried to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis. The State Department has also dismissed the idea that communications could be closed by the Palestinians.

The veteran official noted that the Palestinians told the Trump team that they would only accept the two-state solution and work out the final-status issues according to worldwide resolutions as the basis for any future agreement.

The spokesperson of Abbas' Fatah Party, Nasser Quadwa, told Xinhua on Saturday that anti-Palestine laws in the United States are used by pro-Israeli lobbies against the PLO representation in the country.

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior adviser and Middle East peace envoy, left, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the West Bank in August.

He also said the restrictions will be lifted after 90 days if the USA determines the Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in serious peace talks.

The president can waive the requirement that the PLO close its office only if he can certify to Congress that peace talks have gotten underway.

The US order last week to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) office was in response to efforts by Palestinians to indict Israeli officials at the global court over illegal settlement expansion and violent crimes.