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Arab League chief Abul Gheit criticises US decision to close PLO Washington office

MENA , Tuesday 11 Sep 2018
Ahmed Abul Gheit
File Photo: Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit. (Reuters)
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Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit on Tuesday slammed the US administration's decision to shut down the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)'s office in Washington.

In a statement on Tuesday, Abul Gheit said that the current US administration's acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December and its relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem in May demonstrated the US bias in favour of the Israeli agenda.

Recent measures, above all the cutting of aid funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), aim at pressuring the Palestinian administration, which reflects the wrong reading of the Palestinian struggle and of history, and a misunderstanding of the roots of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Abul Gheit said.

Accusations that the Palestinians have rejected proposed solutions and initiatives are baseless, Abul Gheit said, making it clear that the Palestinian side had not received any proposals or plans to settle the decades-long conflict.

Abul Gheit's spokesman Ambassador Mahmoud Afifi said that the Arab League’s Council ministerial level meeting on Tuesday will discuss a host of important issues, topped by the Palestinian cause and the US decision to shutter the PLO's office.  

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