US to Close Palestinian Mission in Washington: PLO
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The United States has decided to close the Palestinian mission in Washington in the latest move against them by President Donald Trump, who has been trying to force the Palestinians to negotiate, a Palestinian official said Monday.
"We have been notified by a US official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the US," Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement, AFP reported on Monday.
"This is yet another affirmation of the Trump administration's policy to collectively punish the Palestinian people, including by cutting financial support for humanitarian services including health and education,” he added.
The decision to shutter embassy comes after the leaders in the Palestinian Authority (PA) cut off contact with the US government after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of Israel in December last year.
Since then, the Trump administration has been trying to get Palestinian negotiators back to the table by cutting over $200 million (€173 million) in bilateral aid to the Palestinians. The US has also pulled its support for the UN agency for Palestinian refugee agency.