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Palestinians say they won't meet with Pence

08 December 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that Jerusalem was the "eternal capital of the State of Palestine" in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that he was recognizing the city as Israel's capital.

Trump informed Abbas on Tuesday of "his intention" to relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah said.

In turn, the UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres, said that the question of the status of Jerusalem should be resolved through bilateral negotiations, on the basis of the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly and taking into account the interests of the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

Rajoub is part of Fatah, the ruling political party in Palestine.

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Rajoub also signalled that Abbas would not meet with Pence during his planned visit later this month.

Outrage directed at the US has emerged after President Donald Trump announced recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and also stated he would begin the process of relocating the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians", Trump added. According to Palestinian officials, the United States moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem or recognizing the city as Israel's capital is equivalent to siding with Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem.

Palestinians say they won't meet with Pence