Jordan king tells Pence US must 'rebuild trust'

Controversy back home over a budget dispute that has led to a U.S. government shutdown has trailed Pence, and he sought to blame Democrats for the impasse during a speech to troops at the military facility on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the devout Christian will visit Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.

JERUSALEM, Israel-The leader of the Arab-Israeli bloc in the Knesset confirmed that the United Arab Coalition Joint List will boycott Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the Knesset on Monday.

He described Mr Pence's 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.

Netanyahu appeared more interested in talking with Pence on other issues, though he stressed "there is no substitute for U.S. leadership". I will discuss two issues with him: "Peace and security". "Whoever truly aspires to realize these goals knows that there is no substitute for U.S. leadership", Netanyahu added.

The king of Jordan on Sunday reiterated his concerns to Vice President Pence about the Trump administration's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, saying it could lead to instability.

"I had continuously voiced over the past year, in my meetings with Washington, my concerns regarding the USA decision on Jerusalem that does not come as a result of a comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict", Abdullah said.

"The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from it", Abbas said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron last month, according to AFP. "It is key to peace in the region and key to enabling Muslims to effectively fight some of our root causes of radicalization", he said.

Speaking before an American flag and camouflaged tarpaulins, Pence told the crowd that President Donald Trump stood behind them and would work to ensure their pay continues uninterrupted as the government enters the second day of a shutdown. "We're going to meet our obligations to you and your families", Pence said.

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

Abdullah, a key USA ally, said he had "continuously voiced over the past year... my concerns regarding the U.S. decision on Jerusalem that does not come as a result of a comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian Israeli conflict".

"Pence, who is accompanied by his wife Karen on the trip, held talks with Egypt" Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo.

  • Jon Douglas