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US to close Palestinian mission in Washington

 

The US is to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s mission in Washington, Palestinian officials say.

The PLO is the internationally-recognised representative of the Palestinian people. It opened its office in the US capital in 1994.

PLO secretary general, Saeb Erekat, called the planned move a “dangerous escalation”.

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, is set to announce the closure in a speech.

He will reportedly cite the Palestinians’ efforts to persuade the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged Israeli crimes, and their “refusal” to resume peace talks.

US President Donald Trump is preparing to unveil a long-awaited Middle East peace plan, but Palestinian officials have refused to engage with his envoys since he controversially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December.

Why is the Palestinian mission being closed?

Last year the US state department warned the mission that under US law it faced closure if Palestinian leaders continued to urge the ICC to prosecute Israelis for alleged violations of international laws and norms regarding the treatment of people and property in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

In May, the Palestinian foreign minister formally asked the ICC’s chief prosecutor to launch a full investigation, saying he had “ample and insurmountable evidence”. Read more

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US to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’

US ‘to close Palestinian mission in Washington’