Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with US Vice President Mike Pence later this month and is seeking a new mediator in peace talks with Israel in protest against Washington’s decision to recognize Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital.
“We will seek a new mediator from our Arab brothers and the international community, a mediator who can help with reaching a two-state solution,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said.
Egypt’s Coptic Church has rejected a meeting requested by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his visit later this month as well.
The Church “excused itself from hosting Mike Pence” when he visits Egypt, citing President Donald Trump’s decision “at an unsuitable time and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people”, MENA said. Read more at REUTERS.