Pence to Egypt's Sisi: 'We Will Help a Two-State Answer'

He also said that they would discuss advancing security and peace in the Middle East.

Pence was addressing the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, which delivers much of the ammunition being used in Operation Inherent Resolve, the USA military campaign against ISIS.

King Abdullah expressed concerns about the regional fallout from the Jerusalem decision, stressing that it would fuel radicalism and inflame Muslim and Christian tensions.

Yet a temporary plan that has been presented to Tillerson would see an existing US consular building in West Jerusalem designated as the interim embassy until the new one is built, three USA officials said.

Pence's meetings with Sissi delved into security cooperation, economic ties, and efforts to fight the Islamic State group. He described the Pence visit as a mission "to rebuild trust and confidence" in getting to a two-state solution, in which a state of Palestine would be established in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. "My perception was that he was encouraged by that message".

Pence reaffirmed President Donald Trump's decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while adding the United States is committed to achieving peace between the two sides.

When Pence's motorcade arrived at the palace, journalists traveling with the vice president were initially barred from exiting their bus. "In fact, we're not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers, and your families the benefits and wages you've earned". Last week the Vice President received a special certificate marking the planting of tree in the Jerusalem hills honoring the people of Guatemala and their support from the creation of the State of Israel until today. He will finish his three-nation Middle East trip in Israel.

Pence told the king that the USA has committed "to continue to respect Jordan's role as the custodian of holy sites, that we take no position on boundaries and final status".

Before arriving in Israel, the Vice President visited Egypt and Jordan, meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II.

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

He also reiterated that eastern Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Pence had initially planned to visit the region in December, shortly after Trump's announcement, but the trip was postponed in the aftermath of Abbas' refusal to meet the vice president in Bethlehem.

Jerusalem is key to Muslims and Christians, as it is to Jews.


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