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U.S. reverses decision to close Palestinian office

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The State Department has reversed a decision to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization's office in Washington, D.C., after the Palestinian Authority suspended all communication with the United States.

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Last week, the United States said it would close the office. At odds is a license, which needs extended every six months, that the U.S. said it wouldn't renew after Palestine asked the International Criminal Court to probe and potentially prosecute Israel.

After the Palestinian Authority said it "has decided to cut its ties with the U.S. administration," the U.S. State Department said the PLO office would be allowed to operate for at least the next 90 days.

"Given the lapse last week of a waiver of statutory restrictions on PLO activity in the United States, we have advised the PLO Office to limit its activities to those related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians," State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez told reporters, as reported by the Hill.

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