Air quality to worsen in Northwest as smoke returns
Mueller: Prison Time An Option For Former Trump Campaign Aide Papadopoulos
Bill Maher Taunts Trump Over Omarosa: 'He Lost His One Black Friend'
Terrorism at Parliament in London: Here's What Happened
UK urged to stand with United States against Iran by Woody Johnson
Pence arrives in Israel as Trump's Jerusalem move reverberates
22 January 2018, 01:44 | Tara Lloyd
Top Sunni Islam cleric says meeting Pence would 'tear up my iden - WENY News
US Vice President Mike Pence has told Egypt's leader the US would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to it.
From Cairo, Pence heads to Jordan, where he will meet with King Abdullah, a close United States ally.
Pence had initially planned to visit the region in December, shortly after Trump's announcement, but the trip was postponed in the aftermath of Abbas' refusal to meet the vice president in Bethlehem. Moreover, Pence's visit represents the first arrival of a senior US official since the December 6 declaration.
"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.
Another cause of concern for Jordan is the Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "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.
Pence told the king that Washington was committed to preserving the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem.
Jordanian officials are further anxious the move could trigger violence in the Palestinian territories and a spillover into Jordan, a country where many people are descendants of Palestinian refugees whose families left their homes after the creation of Israel in 1948.
"He is a risky man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region", MP Ayman Odeh said of Pence.
The US vice president arrived in Jordan on Saturday evening from Egypt, where he met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a key Trump ally.
Abdullah emphasised to Pence that East Jerusalem had to be the capital of a future Palestinian state and that the two-state solution was the only path to peace between Israel and Palestine.
Abdullah warned against declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it would have a unsafe impact on regional stability and obstruct US efforts to resume peace talks.
Pence will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, and is scheduled to have talks with President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.
The leaders of both Egypt and Jordan, the only Arab states that have peace treaties with Israel, would be key players if USA mediators ever manage to get a revived Israeli-Palestinian peace process off the ground, as Trump says he wants.
Sisi had urged the U.S. 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".
North Korea's popular girl band preps for Olympics
Both nations were scheduled to meet later this month with International Olympic Committee officials to discuss those plans. Now, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be sending his favorite band to South Korea.
Last thing NY needs is a payroll tax
New York's medical marijuana program, signed into law by Cuomo in 2014, has struggled in its first few years of operation. Almost all school districts in Erie County would see Foundation Aid increases of under 2 percent under the Cuomo plan.
New Pentagon strategy takes aim at Russia, China
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has spelled out in clear language what had been hinted at by US National Security Advisor H.R. The US military's competitive edge has eroded "in every domain of warfare" he said, partly because of inconsistent funding.
Who Is Ed Sheeran Engaged To?
The pair attended Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, and have been dating for around two-and-a-half-years. Countless newlyweds have chosen Ed Sheeran's ballad, "Thinking Out Loud", to play during their first dance.
Bar Association wants judges to sort out rift
The four rebellious judges had raised a question over the allocation of Loya's case to Justice Mishra. After meeting Chelameswar in the afternoon, Mishra said, "We have been told that there is no crisis".
Parker vows to make Joshua pay
It made Joseph a bigger name here and built this fight up. "It's an exciting time to be a heavyweight", said the Kiwi. Parker added: "I am not accusing him of using steroids, but I am saying it is a possibility".