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Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Jordan: East Jerusalem Must Be Capital of Palestinian State

Jordan: East Jerusalem Must Be Capital of Palestinian State

"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".

As part of that solution, he said, east Jerusalem should be the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Pence, who's traveling in the region, asked to the two leaders this weekend to tell the Palestinians that the U.S.is interested in restarting direct talks, the person said.

King Abdullah said the USA move on Jerusalem would fuel radicalism and inflame Muslim and Christian tensions. He says the USA now has a "major challenge to overcome".

Sisi had urged the United States president before his Jerusalem declaration "not to complicate the situation in the region by taking measures that jeopardise the chances of peace in the Middle East".

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.

Jordan lost East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel during the Arab-Israeli war in 1967. Jordan vehemently opposes such a move.

In Israel, the last leg of his trip, Pence is likely to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and address the Knesset, reported Al Jazeera.

In comments delivered in Egypt, he said Washington would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to it.

His visit to the region came more than a month after Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a step that's enraged Palestinians.

Mr Pence told Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi during their meeting in Cairo on Saturday that the United States was committed to "preserving the status quo with regard to holy sites in Jerusalem", and that borders and other issues would be negotiated between the parties. He also said that they would discuss advancing security and peace in the Middle East.

"Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has chose to play politics with military pay", Pence said at the base, speaking in front of a large US flag and a line of soldiers dressed in military fatigues.

Mr Pence had been scheduled to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in mid-December, but Mr Abbas said he would not meet with Trump administration officials.

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