United States vice president Pence to visit Jordan on January 21st

United States vice president Pence to visit Jordan on January 21st

United States vice president Pence to visit Jordan on January 21st

Egypt on Sunday denounced a New York Times report alleging Egypt's acceptance of U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

But after Trump announced on December 6 that his administration had chose to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking with decades of US policy, Abbas and others canceled their meetings.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was among Arab leaders to condemn Trump's Jerusalem move, and it drafted a UN Security Council resolution to reverse the decision.

"The vice president is traveling to the Middle East to reaffirm our commitment to work with the United States' allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations", said Alyssa Farah, Pence's press secretary.

A spokeswoman for Pence indicated "working together to fight terrorism and to improve national security" will be among topics of discussion.

Observers say Pence's visit may provoke further clashes and unrest in the region.

Nevertheless, Egyptian religious leaders close to the government have refused to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence's trip to the Middle East will insert him into a debate over the role of the U.S.in any future peace process between Israel and the Palestinians and follows Trump's apparent threats to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in USA aid to the Palestinian Authority.

"In some ways, this trip could now become the moment where the Trump administration finally walks away from the notion of a serious peace negotiation and just goes full in with the Israelis", Goldenberg said.

The final 2 days will be spent in Israel, where Pence will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has previously announced that he refuses to meet the USA vice president because of United States declaration regarding occupied Jerusalem, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.

In the aftermath, Arab states have said they will push for worldwide recognition of east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. Instead, he said, preoccupied by concerns about their own stability, the Arab leaders signalled that - while they may not like the decision - they "will find a way to work with it", and "with a White House that is prepared to break with what had been taboos in American foreign policy". He reportedly backed out of a planned interview with the Times.

On Saturday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met with Arab foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the UAE and the Palestinian Authority as well as Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit to discuss seeking worldwide recognition of eastern Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

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