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Trump set to meet with world leaders, including Israel's PM

Sept. 21, 2018 11:11 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2018 12:30 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The White House announced that the United States President Donald Trump will hold meetings with the leaders of South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Egypt and Israel next week during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that Trump is to hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The meeting between Trump and Netanyahu comes amid tensions caused by a number of unprecedented steps that the US Trump administration has recently taken against Palestinians.

About two weeks ago, the US administration announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington, as part of a widening US pressure campaign on Palestinian officials to continue peace talks with Israel.

Prior to the closure announcement, the US administration had announced that it is cancelling $20 million in aid to Palestinian hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as ending all funding of $200 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

In regard to cutting funds to Palestinian hospitals and UNRWA, a senior US State Department official said that "Those funds will now address high-priority projects elsewhere."

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