Palestinians say they won't meet with Pence

08 December, 2017, 12:05 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Palestinians say they won't meet with Pence

The US has warned the Palestinians against cancelling talks with Vice President Mike Pence after Washington recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Following US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a senior Fatah official of the Palestinian Authority stated that US Vice President Mike Pence is not welcome in Palestinian territory and that his requested meeting with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas "will not take place." .

The White House warned on Thursday that cancelling a planned meeting between Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and U.S. vice president Mike Pence in the wake of Washington's policy shift on Jerusalem would be "counterproductive".

"And President Abbas will not welcome him because of the statements he made" about Jerusalem.

Aides for Abbas were not immediately available for comment.

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The White House warned today that cancelling a planned meeting between Abbas and Pence in the wake of the U.S. policy shift on Jerusalem would be "counterproductive".

Pence is expected to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories sometime before Christmas.

Al-Harithi's standpoint was shared by the Russian President's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who pointed out that the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may ride roughshod over the peace process pertaining to the Palestinian Authority and could drive a wedge within the global community.

In announcing the embassy move, Trump said he remained "deeply committed" to finding a peace agreement, noting that the USA "would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides".

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