Jordan's king tells Pence US must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision

Jordan's king tells Pence US must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision

Jordan's king tells Pence US must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision

"In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem - and the embassy will open next year", Pence said.

In comments earlier Monday at the Prime Minister's office, Pence had said that the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital did not mean the United States was abandoning the peace process.

It was briefly interrupted when about a dozen Arab-Israeli lawmakers held up signs and shouted in protest of President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

None of this is a good sign for any chance of a peace plan that started off a year ago to be brokered by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, but apparently went off the edge of a cliff when the American President suddenly recognized Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and pledged to move the American Embassy there.

In Jordan, King Abdullah pressed Pence on backing the two-state solution and chided the administration for its recognition of Jerusalem, which broke years of U.S. policy.

Pence is the most senior USA official to visit Jerusalem since President Donald Trump's announcement that his government recognized the city as Israel's capital and would move its embassy there, upending seven decades of U.S. policy on the issue.

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Palestinians and Arab Israelis boycotted Pence's visit after Trump broke with decades of USA policy by announcing the embassy move.

However, Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state, which Israel captured and annexed in 1967.

Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem broke with worldwide consensus on the best way forward in Middle East peace moves, and his freeze on some funding to the Palestinians has angered many in the region and sparked financial uncertainty at the United Nations agency working in the territories.

Arab Christian leaders have said they will not meet with the vice president, nor will Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who snubbed Pence before flying to Brussels to meet with European Union foreign ministers.

Israel and the United States "are striving together to achieve a true peace, lasting peace, peace with all our neighbours, including the Palestinians", Netanyahu said.

Abbas, who last week denounced US President Donald Trump's peace efforts as the "slap of the century", will also "reiterate his commitment to the peace process" in the Middle East, Malki said in an interview with AFP in Brussels.

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Monday's opposition followed demonstrations Sunday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where protesters burned a photograph of Pence. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi scolded the US position on Jerusalem and pushed for reopening dialogue with Palestinians.

Odeh slammed Pence as "a unsafe man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region", and referred to President Donald Trump as a "political pyromaniac" and a "racist". "How mean you are!"

Earlier, Pence received a rousing welcome normally reserved for heads of state as he began a two-day visit to Israel on Sunday.

Pence placed his right hand over his heart as an honor guard greeted him with the American national anthem.

The U.S. bowing out of the deal would most likely lead to its collapse, as Iranian leaders have warned they would consider the whole pact - which also involves Germany, the European Union, Russia, China and France - null and void if the U.S. were to pull out.

Currently, Pence is visiting Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

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There was an overabundance of praise for Pence's speech from Israeli leaders.

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