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Palestinian Leader Cancels on Pence After Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas canceled a scheduled meeting with the vice president, a decision linked to President Trump's speech last week naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

By NTK Staff | 12.11.2017 @9:45am
Palestinian Leader Cancels on Pence After Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

The office of Vice President Mike Pence confirmed on Sunday that Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, has canceled a scheduled meeting between the two leaders.

CNN reported:

Vice President Mike Pence’s office confirmed Sunday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with Pence during his upcoming trip to the Middle East following the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Pence’s spokeswoman, Alyssa Farah, called the decision “unfortunate” adding that the Palestinian Authority “is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki told reporters in Cairo on Saturday that Abbas would not meet with Pence when he visits the region this month, adding that the Palestinian leadership decided there would be “no formal communications” with US officials.

Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel inflamed some tensions in the Arab world, but pleased Israel, other American allies like the Czech Republic, Trump’s ambassador to the UN, and more.

As NTK Network pointed out, many Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, have made statements in the past supporting the move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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