US shuts down Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington

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US shuts down Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Washington
US shuts down Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Washington

The US on Monday announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Washington diplomatic mission by October 10 after a Palestinian bid to have Israel investigated for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.

NkThe State Department announced the decision, saying “the PLO office in Washington will close at this point.” (AP)

The United States has decided to shutter the Palestinian mission in Washington in the latest move against them by President Donald Trump, a Palestinian official said on Monday, denouncing what he called a “dangerous escalation.”

A US State Department spokeswoman said the mission will be closed by October 10, 2018.

The closure comes as Trump seeks to force the Palestinian leadership, which has cut off contact with the White House, to negotiate with his team pursuing a plan for Middle East peace — something the US president has termed the “ultimate deal.”

The United States has also been angered by a Palestinian bid to have Israel investigated for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.

Palestinian officials say the reason given for the closure was their stepped-up campaign at the ICC.

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