Pence tells troops overseas 'you deserve better' than a shutdown

Pence tells troops overseas 'you deserve better' than a shutdown

Kerry Wise
January 22, 2018

The king, a U.S. ally, said that the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was a two-state solution, reiterating that East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The visit is the highest level by a U.S. official to the region since December, when Trump upended decades of USA policy on Jerusalem in a move opposed by Arab leaders including Sisi.

From Cairo, Pence heads to Jordan, where he will meet with King Abdullah, a close United States ally.

"We take no decision on boundaries and final status".

The US move to recognise the city as Israel's capital broke with decades of worldwide consensus that the city's status should be settled as part of a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Pence's is the highest-level visit by a U.S. official to the region since Trump made his declaration on Jerusalem last month.

The Egyptian president further highlighted that only negotiations based on a two-state solution could put an end to the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

JERUSALEM, Israel-The leader of the Arab-Israeli bloc in the Knesset confirmed that the United Arab Coalition Joint List will boycott Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the Knesset on Monday.

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CAIRO-Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism last Saturday as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the United States ally in almost a decade, began a trip through the region, amid a government shutdown in Washington.

Both adorn the limestone walls near the King David Hotel where Vice President Pence will be staying while in Jerusalem.

The U.S. vice president was greeted at the airport by Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

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"President Trump made a historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".

"Pence, who is accompanied by his wife Karen on the trip, held talks with Egypt" Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned Trump over the Jerusalem announcement and warned that the USA can no longer play any role in future peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

"Because of your courage and valor and professionalism, we are driving the evil of ISIS from the face of the earth", Pence said, later adding: "We will be finished with ISIS very soon".