Palestinians vow to suspend talks if US closes PLO mission

Amr Nabil

FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, speaks during a news conference, following an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The Palestinians threatened Saturday to suspend all communication with the Trump administration if it follows through with plans to shutter their diplomatic mission in Washington, dealing a potentially major blow to President Donald Trump’s hopes of securing an elusive Mideast peace deal. Erekat said the U.S. decision would undermine the peace process, calling the move “very unfortunate and unacceptable.” (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

WASHINGTON — The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s bid for Mideast peace — a mission he has handed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the U.S. decision was “very unfortunate and unacceptable,” and accused Washington of bowing to pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government “at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal.”

In a video statement on social media, Erekat said: “We will put on hold all our communications with this American administration.”

There was no immediate reaction from the Trump administration. Netanyahu’s office said the closure was “a matter of U.S. law.”

U.S. officials had insisted before Erekat’s statement that the move wasn’t aimed at…

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