USA warns against scrapping Pence-Abbas talks

Trump's second-in-command Pence 'unwelcome in Palestine': Fatah official

He added there will be no contact between United States and Palestinian officials, and that his government was seeking a new mediator as Washington had surrendered its neutrality with Trump's declaration.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed global condemnation of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital Friday, According to the Palestinian Authority's Wafa news outlet.

The decision has sparked unrest within the Palestinian community, which views east Jerusalem as the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.

The official, Jibril Rajoub, said Thursday "we will not receive him in the Palestinian territories".

Separately, Egypt's Coptic Church has announced that its head had canceled a meeting with Pence in Cairo in protest against Washington's decision on Jerusalem.

Mr Abbas has not made similar comments and his office could not immediately be reached.

"There will be no meeting with Pence, this is clear and the issue is bigger than just a meeting", Majdi al-Khalidi, Abbas's presidential adviser for diplomatic affairs, told Voice of Palestine radio.

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A Middle East Eye reporter on the scene witnessed two demonstrators being taken away by ambulances for treatment, and at least one instance of rubber-coated bullets being shot towards some protesters early in the morning.

The Arab League's spokesman Mahmoud Afify said on Saturday that the Arab League (AL) called on the USA administration to reverse its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Meanwhile, the Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) cancelled its 50th anniversary commemorations to protest against the Jerusalem embassy move on Saturday.

Israel had already responded on Friday to rocket fire with air strikes which the Gaza health ministry said wounded 14 people, including women and children.

In East Jerusalem about 60 people demonstrated near the walled Old City, where paramilitary border police and officers on horseback tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas.

"We reiterate our position against the statement made by the United States representative at the UN Security Council during the session, which violates the position of the global consensus", Abbas said.



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