Palestinians fume as US downgrades its mission

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.- AP file photo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.- AP file photo

Occupied Jerusalem - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the move will not constitute a change in policy.



By AFP

Published: Mon 4 Mar 2019, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 5 Mar 2019, 5:37 PM

The United States downgraded its diplomatic mission to the Palestinians on Monday, the latest in a series of steps by President Donald Trump's White House Palestinian leaders say is aimed at wiping out their cause.
The move, following a decision announced in October, closes the US Jerusalem consulate general that had acted independently and served as a de-facto embassy to the Palestinians since the Oslo accords of the 1990s. It will be merged with the US embassy to Israel, where a new Palestinian affairs unit will operate.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the move will not constitute a change in policy and is intended to improve "efficiency and effectiveness".


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