Washington (UNA-OIC) � US Vice President Mike Pence will embark on January 19 on a five-day Middle East tour that will take him to Egypt, Jordan and Israel, but not Palestine, WAFA reported quoting Pence's office as saying in a statement on Monday.
Pence will be in the region later this month and will address the shared need to combat terrorism and assist persecuted religious minorities, according to the statement.
Pence was supposed to visit the region in December, including a visit to Bethlehem and meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas. However, with Donald Trump's announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6, the Palestinian Authority called off all contacts with US officials and said it would not meet with Pence, prompting a delay in the visit and a change in plans.
He will start his visit in Egypt, where he will stay for two days, before traveling to Jordan for one day and then end it in Israel.
The Vice President is traveling to the Middle East to reaffirm our commitment to work with the United States' allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations," said Pence's Press Secretary Alyssa Farah.
"The Vice President is looking forward to meeting with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel to discuss ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security," she added.
Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency