Egypt denies intelligence agent told TV hosts to champion Trump's Jerusalem move

Egypt denies intelligence agent told TV hosts to champion Trump's Jerusalem move

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Jordan, Egypt and Israel on behalf of President Donald Trump later this month, Pence's office said in a statement Monday.

A Turkey-based TV station has released audio recordings it said were of an Egyptian intelligence officer asking influential hosts in Egypt to persuade their viewers to accept a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Pence will also confer with King Abdullah II of Jordan and then hold two days of meetings and events in Israel.

Alyssa Farah, a Pence spokeswoman, said Pence was travelling to the Middle East at Trump's direction "to reaffirm our commitment to work with the U.S.'s allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations".

Pence's agenda in Israel includes meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, an address to the Knesset and visits to the Western Wall and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Palestinian officials have pressured local church leaders to reject Pence's visit and follow the example of the Egyptian Coptic Church whose pope has refused to meet the United States vice president due to the decision.

Pence will be in the region between January 19 and 23 and "will address the shared need to combat terrorism and assist persecuted religious minorities", according to the statement.

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Outwardly, Egypt has maintained a strict policy of condemning Trump's bombshell decision, which sent shock waves throughout the Middle East, sparking protests and violence.

Pence is not expected to meet with the Palestinians, who have sought to make Israel-annexed east Jerusalem their capital.

"In some ways, this trip could now become the moment where the Trump administration finally walks away from the notion of a serious peace negotiation and just goes full in with the Israelis", Goldenberg said.

Israeli leaders have long said Jerusalem has been quietly cultivating its ties with Arab states, in the face of commons threats posed by Iran and Islamist extremism. Sissi will meet with Pence despite the deep unpopularity of Trump's decision.

In his call with Megahed, el-Kholi suggested that the Palestinians should be happy with the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, home to the Palestinian Authority.

"I am friends with Ashraf and we talk all the time", the Times reported Megahed as saying in the interview. "All the entities in charge have expressed in word and deed the inalienable position on Jerusalem in the U.N. and other worldwide organizations with disregard for the threats of the U.S.to cut aid to countries including Egypt over the U.N. Jerusalem vote".

"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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