Palestine slams US for removing its name from list of countries

Published: August 26, 2019 13:30:12 | Updated: August 27, 2019 12:25:48

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaks at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 5, 2017 — Collected

Palestinian authority on Sunday slammed the United States for removing the name of Palestine from its list of countries and states.

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

"This step again shows the U.S. 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 in the day, 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 United States following President Donald Trump's announcement in December 2017 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

In May of 2018, Washington moved the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reports Xinhua.

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

"The current U.S. 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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