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Egyptian cleric follows Palestinians in cancelling meeting with Pence

Egyptian cleric follows Palestinians in cancelling meeting with Pence

"There will be no meeting with the vice-president of America in Palestine", Abbas's diplomatic adviser Majdi Al Khaldi said.

Meanwhile, the Congress on Friday said US President Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is "disturbing" and "in conflict with the United Nations' resolutions on Palestine".

Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to advance plans to move the U.S. Embassy to the contested city has sparked outrage across the region.

Late on Saturday, Arab foreign ministers urged the United States to abandon its decision and said the move would spur violence throughout the region.

Amid Jerusalem controversy, Palestinians "will not receive" the USA vice president during his scheduled visit this month.

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest and two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on the Gaza border.

About 60 Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers across the Gaza-Israel border and the health ministry said one bystander was wounded by Israeli gunfire.




Rajoub said last night that the Palestinian Authority was not interested in welcoming Pence inside its territory.

A Palestinian Red Crescent Society spokesperson told MEE that 12 people had been injured by tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets in Bethlehem by mid-afternoon. "Continued fire will result in a harsh and painful response from the Israel Defence Forces, so do not test our strength", wrote Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of the defence ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued a vociferous condemnation of Trump's announcement as a violation of "all worldwide and bilateral agreements and resolutions", saying the move would disqualify the United States from any future role as mediator in the conflict.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war.

As reported by AFP, however, Abbas has not officially backed away from the meeting.

Abbas "will soon take a harder line toward the peace process and a softer line toward Hamas than he otherwise would have", wrote Ghaith al-Omari of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said in a statement on Saturday the group "reiterated its commitment to all that has been signed and agreed upon and the completion of the handover".


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