Abu Rudeineh: Holding on to Jerusalem is more important than the relations with US

Palestine's Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Monday that holding on to Jerusalem and preserving it and adherence to the rights of the Palestinian people are more important than the relationship with the United States.

"Holding on to Jerusalem and preserving it and our Palestinian people's rights, especially, and in addition to Jerusalem, the refugees' issue and the rest of the rights that our people and leadership are in consensus over, are more important than the relationship with the United States," Abu Rudeineh said.

"The recent US decision to close the PLO office in Washington will not change our position towards preserving our Islamic and Christian holy places and our commitment to the United Nations resolutions and the decisions of the Arab and Islamic summits related to the Palestinian issue. We have always acted to implement these resolutions," he added.

US State Department announced officially on Monday closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in Washington, citing failure of the Palestinians to take steps "to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.

Source: International Islamic News Agency