Egypt denies report that it accepts Trump's Jerusalem recognition

Egypt denies report that it accepts Trump's Jerusalem recognition

The Egyptian government vociferously denied on Sunday a New York Times report that suggested that Egypt's outward policy towards US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, was contradictory to internal discussions held behind closed doors in Cairo.

In his December 6 address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace, a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital as merely based on reality.

The newspaper said it obtained the recordings from "an intermediary" who supports the Palestinian cause and opposes President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

"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 Alyssa Farah, Press Secretary for the Vice President, according to a statement on the website of the White House.

She said Pence plans to call on leaders to "work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security".

Trump's controversial decision sparked protests in Arab and Muslim countries and was rejected in a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution.

The final 2 days will be spent in Israel, where Pence will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Observers say Pence's visit may provoke further clashes and unrest in the region. At the time, Abbas's diplomatic adviser, Majdi Khaldi, said Abbas would not meet with Pence "because the USA has crossed red lines" with its decision on Jerusalem.

"In some ways, this trip could now become the moment where the Trump administration finally walks away from the notion of a serious peace negotiation and just goes full in with the Israelis", Goldenberg said. Pence is expected to meet only with el-Sissi, a leading Trump ally, while in Egypt.

Jerusalem's status has always been one of the main obstacles to a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

The approach has pushed back against an global consensus that Jerusalem's status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and comes as Trump has vowed to press forward with plans to help broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The statement pointed out that Egypt sponsored a United Nations resolution opposing the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, despite threats by Washington to reduce aid.

Egyptian intelligence officer Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi is overheard saying that "like all our Arab brothers" Egypt should publicly condemn the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital but, behind closed doors, Kholi asked "How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?". Adding that there is no evidence that al-Kholi, was in fact a member of the Egyptian intelligence. Jordan has a large population of Palestinian origin, and the king serves as guardian of the third holiest site of Islam, located in east Jerusalem.

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