Pence to visit Egypt, Jordan, Israel in January

Pence to visit Egypt, Jordan, Israel in January

The article reported that it is common practice for Egyptian intelligence officers to brief talk show hosts about the messages they want conveyed and that one such officer, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, had urged hosts to persuade viewers to accept Trump's decision. "We have enough on our plate".

The recordings in Arabic, aired by the Mekameleen TV network late on Sunday, were first reported on by the New York Times and appeared to contradict Egypt's public condemnation of the USA move.

Aides said the postponement was not related to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which sparked controversy in the region.

"At President Trump's direction, the Vice President is traveling to the Middle East to reaffirm our commitment to work with the U.S.'s allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations", Pence's press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement on Monday morning.

The New York Times said Saturday Cairo allegedly instructed talk show hosts to persuade viewers to accept the USA move. The U.S. motion to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was rejected by the U.N. Security Council and condemned by global leaders.

"The Times report claims that Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi is an officer with the Egyptian General Intelligence without presenting its readers with the slightest evidence as to the truth of this piece of information or that a person by this name exists in the first place", the SIS statement said.

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In the Times report, al-Kholi allegedly told the news hosts, "How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?"

In response to Trump's move, Egypt publicly said the decision was a violation of worldwide resolutions on the city's status.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas backed out of his planned meeting with Pence to protest Trump's decision. The White House decision on Jerusalem also prompted leading Muslim and Christian clerics in Egypt to refuse to meet with the vice president in Cairo.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the global community.

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