• Palestinian office in US to remain open – official


    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington can remain open to discuss peace with Israel and may be able to resume full operations soon, the State Department said on Friday (Saturday in Manila). The comment came one week after US officials said the diplomatic mission would have to close because of a law stipulating that Palestinian leaders must not call for Israelis to face international prosecution. The order provoked outrage among the Palestinian leadership, who threatened to cut all ties to President Donald Trump’s administration if the ban went ahead, a move that would doom his hopes to revive the peace process. But on Friday a senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Palestinians had been advised to limit their activity at the office to the peace process until a waiver to the law is renewed. Under long-standing US law, permission for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to maintain its mission in Washington must be renewed every six months.



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