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Trump's second-in-command Pence 'unwelcome in Palestine': Fatah official

08 Décembre 2017

Following US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a senior Fatah official of the Palestinian Authority stated that US Vice President Mike Pence is not welcome in Palestinian territory and that his requested meeting with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas "will not take place." .

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., September 20, 2017.

"In order to ensure the success of reconciliation, we have instructed the government to go to the Gaza Strip and work to find solutions to the daily suffering of our people there", Abbas said in a statement carried by the official Wafa news agency.

Rajoub also signaled that Abbas would not meet with Pence. It was not clear what Rajoub's remarks meant for the West Bank portion of Pence's trip.

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In making his announcement on Wednesday, Trump also said that he would direct the State Department to begin preparations for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, though he signed a national security waiver keeping the facility in Tel Aviv for the time being.

He added that "the decision of the trump will not change the reality of al-Quds (the Arabic name for Jerusalem, which is claimed by Palestinians) - the Arab, Muslim and Christian city is the eternal capital of Palestine".

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Trump's second-in-command Pence 'unwelcome in Palestine': Fatah official