State Department shutters PLO office in Washington

The U.S. has notified the Palestinians it’s closing their mission in Washington, a senior official said Monday, the latest in a series of American blows to the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

by Naomi Lim | September 10, 2018 12:05 PM

The Trump administration on Monday closed down the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington over concerns with the delegation’s attitude toward a U.S.-led peace process with Israel.

“The PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a written statement. “To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise.” Read more at

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