Palestinians 'freeze' meetings with U.S. over office row

Palestinians 'freeze' meetings with U.S. over office row

U.S. officials cited comments by Abbas about possibly taking Israel to the International Criminal Court. "The Trump administration should stop pressuring Palestine to abandon support for a credible, long overdue path to justice".

"Meetings with the American side will be useless while they are closing our office in Washington", he said, adding "the meetings between us and the Americans are basically coordinated through our PLO office there", he said.

A spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization confirmed that it had received instructions from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas "regarding closing down all communication lines with the Americans".

Although the US does not recognize Palestinian statehood, the PLO maintains a "general delegation" office in Washington that facilitates Palestinian officials' interactions with the USA government.

Israel opposes any Palestinian membership in United Nations-related organizations until a peace deal has been reached.

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In 2011, under the Obama administration, the United States started letting the Palestinians fly their flag over the office, an upgrade to the status of their mission that the Palestinians hailed as historic.

The US consulate in Jerusalem declined to comment on Tuesday, instead referring back to a statement on Saturday that said it was hopeful any "closure will be short-lived".

PA President Mahmoud Abbas said in his September 2017 address at the United Nations, "we have called on the International Criminal Court to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people".

"The U.S. threat to close the PLO's mission in Washington as punishment for seeking justice at the ICC makes any U.S. commitment to justice for serious crimes seem at best selective", said Omar Shakir, the rights group's researcher on the conflict.

US President Donald Trump now has a 90-day window to decide whether "the Palestinians have entered into direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel" - in which case he can waive the requirement to shutter the office.

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