Pence responds to Abbas snub over Jerusalem decision

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has cancelled plans for a meeting with Vice-President Mike Pence, later this month.

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Vice-President Mike Pence’s office said on Sunday that it was “regrettable” that the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, canceled plans for a meeting with Pence in the West Bank this month, because President Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“The President has asked Vice President Pence, the region threatens to reaffirm our commitment to cooperation with partners in the entire Middle East to defeat radicalism, that the hopes and dreams of future generations. The Vice-President very much looks forward to traveling in the region, with [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Egyptian] President [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi,” Pence’s press Secretary Alyssa Farah, Fox News said.

“It is regrettable that the Palestinian authority is, to walk, to discuss, again, an opportunity that the future of the region, the administration remains, however, to help undeterred in their efforts, the peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and our peace team is still hard at work, putting together a plan.”

Abbas’ diplomatic adviser, Majdi Khaldi, said on Saturday that Abbas would meet Pence “, because the United States has crossed red lines” in Jerusalem.

President Trump also said last week, the U.S. Embassy, ultimately, the move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel says it will not give up any part of the city, while the Palestinians have said the Israeli-annexed Eastern part as their future capital.

Abbas has close relations with Washington had been viewed as strategically important, because of the U.S. role as Mideast broker. The snub of Pence signaled a significant deterioration in relations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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