Arab Times - - LOCAL -

The Pales­tinian diplo­matic mis­sion in Wash­ing­ton ceased op­er­a­tions on Thurs­day fol­low­ing a de­mand by the United States to shut down but ex­pressed hope the clo­sure would be short­lived.

State De­part­ment of­fi­cials on Mon­day or­dered the of­fice shut­tered, in a bid to pres­sure the Pales­tini­ans to en­ter peace talks with Is­rael.

It was the lat­est point of ten­sion be­tween the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the Pales­tini­ans, who cut off con­tact with Wash­ing­ton af­ter Trump rec­og­nized the dis­puted city of Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal in De­cem­ber. (AFP)

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