Palestinians freeze ties with US

Palestinians freeze ties with US

Palestinians freeze ties with US

The Trump administration is reconsidering its position on closing the Palestinian mission in Washington, said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Tuesday morning.

The note sent by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday to official departments and embassies said that "any meeting with an American official is banned regardless of the reason until they back down and treat us fairly", Bloomberg reported.

The Palestinians have frozen all meetings with the United States after it made a decision to close their representative office in Washington, D.C., officials said Tuesday.

In this handout image provided by the Palestinian Press Office, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump in Ramallah, West Bank, on June 21.

"We are in contact with the Palestinian officials about the status of that PLO office".

The decision comes after the Trump administration threatened to shut down the PLO office last week, citing a rarely invoked 2015 law saying that if the Palestinians move against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the United States can close the PLO's base in the USA capital.

Following the initial United States announcement about the closure of the PLO office in Washington, the Israeli prime minister's office issued a statement saying, "we respect the decision and look forward to continuing to work with the USA to advance peace and security in the region".

A State Department official on Saturday said under US law, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not renew a certification for the PLO office to operate "given certain statements made by the Palestinian leaders about the International Criminal Court".

The Palestinian leadership has reportedly cut off communications with the Trump administration, CNN reported. The Palestinian foreign minister also said the U.S. must re-examine all its laws passed since 1987, and rethink its definition of the PLO as a terrorist organization. "This unprecedented action threatens US-Palestinian relations, as well as the entire peace process", the ADC said, as cited by the Palestine News Agency, WAFA.

A report Saturday said the Trump administration threatened to close down the group's office in Washington.

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