The US is to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) mission in Washington, Palestinian officials say.

The PLO is the internationally-recognised representative of the Palestinian people. It opened its office in the US capital in 1994.

PLO secretary general, Saeb Erekat, called the planned move a “dangerous escalation”.

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, is set to announce the closure in a speech.

According to BBC News, he will reportedly cite the Palestinians’ efforts to persuade the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged Israeli crimes, and their “refusal” to resume peace talks.

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