Palestinian delegation meets with CIA in DC: report

Palestinian delegation meets with CIA in DC: report
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A Palestinian delegation of security and intelligence officials is in Washington, D.C., to meet with the CIA, according to Axios.

The outlet reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday told Israeli members of the Knesset of the meeting during a sit-down in Ramallah.

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Abbas reportedly said he hopes to continue a relationship with the U.S. in coordinating security and sharing intelligence, despite cutting ties with the White House following President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE's decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. 

Gen. Majed Faraj is heading the Palestinian delegation, Axios reported. 

Talks between the CIA and the Palestinian delegation come after the State Department on Friday announced it would stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides aid to Palestinian refugees.

A spokesman for Abbas last week called the decision to cut off funding an “immoral scandal” and said it was an attempt by the Trump administration to “blackmail and pressure” Palestinian leadership.

The U.S. also cut more than $200 million last month in economic aid for Palestinians. A senior State Department official said at the time that funds "originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza" were being redirected to "high-priority projects elsewhere."