US, Jordan 'Agreed to Disagree' on Trump's Jerusalem Decision - Pence

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left shake hands with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Israel's parliament in Jerusalem Monday Jan. 22 2018

US, Jordan 'Agreed to Disagree' on Trump's Jerusalem Decision - Pence

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.

"Certainly this holds a lot of significance for people in that way".

A Cairo based newspaper quoted Noha Bakr, an expert in United States affairs and professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, saying that the visit comes in line with the current consultations on the Jerusalem issue, combating terrorism, and the regional issues in Syria and Yemen.

It is the highest-level USA visit to the region since Donald Trump made his Jerusalem declaration on 6 December and promised to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy to the city.

In October, speaking at the In Defense of Christians Solidarity Dinner in Washington, D.C., Pence described this as the main driver behind his planned trip.

However, Pence's announced schedule now lists no meetings with Christian leaders or disciples. It also broke with decades of USA policy that the city's status must be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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But there were also otherworldly considerations among the group.

Trump's endorsement in December of Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital drew universal condemnation from Arab leaders and criticism around the world. "Both sides also discussed efforts to revive the Palestinian Israeli peace process and means to bring both sides back to the negotiation table", the embassy said in a statement. More than half of Jordanian population is of Palestinian origin or descendant of refugees after birth of Israel in 1948. Its eastern sector was captured by Israel in a 1967 war and annexed in a move which was not recognized by the worldwide community.

Abbas's mission to Brussels comes as US Vice President Mike Pence visits Israel during a tour of the Middle East with Arab anger still smouldering over Washington's declaration on Jerusalem. There can not be a replacement of the leading role of the United States in the political process. The move, however, has never been recognized internationally.

But doing so is a delicate proposition for Jordan's government, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994 and is heavily dependent on American aid.

Al-Quds, al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said tens of Palestinians Saturday suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli forces during clashes that erupted in the town of Jaba' to the south of Jenin.

When Pence's motorcade arrived at the palace, journalists traveling with the vice president were initially barred from exiting their bus. They accused the U.S. of siding with Israel and said Washington can no longer serve as a mediator.

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