An Egyptian intelligence officer asked influential talk show hosts in the country to downplay the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
He will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said in a statement.
"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.
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He plans to discuss with the three leaders "ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security", she added.
Before Trump's announcement, Abbas was scheduled to meet with Pence in the biblical town of Bethlehem.
The White House said Pence will travel to the region January 19-23, starting with a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. But Pence's trip to the Middle East, his first as vice-president, will be carefully watched following Trump's decision on Israel's capital, which prompted Palestinian leaders to cancel planned meetings with the vice-president.
Many U.S. allies disagreed with Trump's decision, as no other country has its embassy in Jerusalem under a long-standing worldwide consensus that the city's status should be decided in a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
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She wrote on Facebook: "As someone with considerable family in Israel, this policy will be a personal hardship". The ministry issued the full list on Sunday after the Hadashot news report.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has previously announced that he refuses to meet the U.S. vice president because of United States declaration regarding occupied Jerusalem, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency. Sissi will meet with Pence despite the deep unpopularity of Trump's decision.
Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal capital, while Palestinians want the capital of an independent state of theirs to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.
The worldwide community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the full city.
"Hassaseen denied that he received such a phone call on Jerusalem, affirming that he does not know any man by the name of Ashraf al-Kholi", the statement said.
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On Saturday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met with Arab foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the UAE and the Palestinian Authority as well as Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit to discuss seeking worldwide recognition of eastern Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.