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Pence to visit Middle East on Trump's behalf

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The will embark on a three-nation tour to the Middle East, on behalf of the US

According to a statement released by Pence's office, it said that he will visit Egypt, followed by and However, he would not be visiting

Pence is undertaking this visit, in order to address the need to combat jointly with other countries and to assist the persecuted religious minorities.

The US Vice-President's first port of call would be Egypt, where he will stay for two days, before travelling to for one day and then ending the tour in

"The is travelling to the to reaffirm our commitment to work with the United States' allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations. He is looking forward to meeting with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and to discuss ways to work together to fight and improve our national security", said Alyssa Farah, Pence's

Pence was earlier supposed to visit Israel in December last year, including a visit to and Jerusalem, followed by a meeting with Palestinian President in

However, relations between the US and Israel turned sour when on, December 6 last year, announced the decision of recognising as the capital of Israel and the relocation of its embassy from to

The Palestinian authorities then cut off all contacts with the US officials as a protest, and also said that it will not meet with Pence, prompting a delay in the visit and a change in plans.

Palestinian President has also rejected the US' peace efforts and called on the (EU) to take the lead in the Israel-peace process.

is considered a sacred place, which is home to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites. However, it is also a disputed territory, contested by both Israel and Palestine, which sees it as the capital of its future state.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 23:13 IST
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