The note sent by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday to official departments and embassies said that "any meeting with an American official is banned regardless of the reason until they back down and treat us fairly", Bloomberg reported. "We are still waiting to know they actually plan to close the office".
The Palestinian Authority has announced that they are halting all meetings with the U.S. following arguments with President Trump's administration's about closing down the PLO office in Washington.
"Saeb Erekat and Ambassador Zomlot are meeting with the higher authorities in Washington to seek clarifications about whether the office is going to be closed or not", he said.
The Trump administration is reconsidering its position on closing the Palestinian mission in Washington, said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Tuesday morning.
The PLO requires permission to operate offices in DC which has to berenewed by the State Department every six months, however last week, the State Department refused to renew the permit.
In response, Congress introduced a new provision into the annual State and Foreign Operations Bill, mandating that if the Palestinians obtained full membership status in the United Nations outside of an agreement with Israel, the president would be unable to waive sanctions against the PLO, unless "the Palestinians have entered into direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel".
In this handout image provided by the Palestinian Press Office, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump in Ramallah, West Bank, on June 21. The US decision followed the Palestinian move to petition the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians.
Under the law, Trump now has 90 days to consider whether the Palestinians are in "direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel".
The State Department said it was looking into the issue, according to CNN.
The threat to close the office could be a point of leverage for the USA, as the Trump administration seeks to engage the Palestinians in peace talks with Israel.
"We are not cutting off relations with the PLO", that statement said.