US to allow PLO offices in Washington to remain open under limitations

Despite last week’s threats, the US State Department announced that it will allow the Palestinian Liberation Organization to keep its Washington office open under certain limitations.
Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Last night (Friday), the US State Department announced that it will allow the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to keep its Washington offices open, although its operations will be limited to achieving peace with Israel.

According to the department’s spokesperson Edgar Vasquez, these limitations could be lifted after 90 days if President Donald Trump will determine that the Palestinians are conducting “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” Vasquez added: “We therefore are optimistic that at the end of this 90-day period, the political process may be sufficiently advanced that the president will be in a position to allow the PLO office to resume full operations.”

Trump and Abbas Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Last week, the Associated Press news agency reported that the Trump administration has informed the PLO that it is considering closing its office in Washington, in light of the attempt to place Israel on trial in the International Criminal Court. The Palestinians responded furiously and warned that they will freeze all communications with the US.

On Wednesday, the US State stated that it would like the office to remain open and that officials in the Trump administration were in contact with senior-level Palestinian officials in order to reach an agreement.



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