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Palestinians 'freeze' meetings with US، accuse Netanyahu of pressuring DC

Wednesday 22/November/2017 - 08:16 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
The Palestinians have made good، on their vow to freeze all meetings with the United States، after the US decided to close the Palestinians' representative office in Washington، officials said on، according to Ynet
"What is the use of holding any meetings with them when they close our office? Our meetings begin from our office، and the arrangements are there،" Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki stated.
"In practice by closing the office they are freezing all meetings and we are making that official."
A spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) confirmed that it had received instructions from Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas "regarding closing down all communication lines with the Americans".
The US consulate in Jerusalem declined to comment on Tuesday، instead referring back to a statement on Saturday، which said it was hopeful that any "closure will be short-lived." It further stressed that "we are not cutting off relations with the PLO." 
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. Last week، however، the department refused to renew its permit.

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