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Palestine slams US for removing it from countries’ list

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Ramallah, Aug 26 (IANS) Palestinian officials have slammed the US for deleting the name of Palestine from its list of countries and states.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman of the Palestinian presidency, said on Sunday in an official press statement that the decision represents "unprecedented deterioration in the American foreign policy", Xinhua reported.

"This step again shows the US government is not only biased toward the Israeli occupation, but is fully aligned with the plans of the extremist Israeli right-wing," Rudeineh added.

Earlier on Sunday, Israel Radio reported that the US State Department deleted any reference to the Palestinian territories or the Palestinian Authority on its official website.

The Palestinian Authority severed its political ties with the US following President Donald Trump’s announcement in December 2017 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

In May 2018, Washington moved the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

On Sunday, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry also slammed the US for deleting Palestine or any word that is related or refers to the Palestinians from its official website.

"The current US government implements the Israeli vision of destroying the two-state solution and escaping from its entitlements," the ministry said in a press statement.

 

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