Mike Pence 'unwelcome in Palestine' as protests continue


A U.S. official, speaking to the Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity, said that Pence still planned to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, noting it would be "counterproductive" to cancel.

Jibril Rajoub, a senior official in President Abbas's ruling Fatah party, said Mr Pence was "unwelcome in Palestine" and would not meet the Palestinian leader in Bethlehem on December 19.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued a vociferous condemnation of Trump's announcement as a violation of "all worldwide and bilateral agreements and resolutions", saying the move would disqualify the United States from any future role as mediator in the conflict.

Pence is scheduled to visit Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in next week's swing through the region.

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The US has warned the Palestinians against cancelling talks with Vice President Mike Pence after Washington recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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

"We will all miss Pickle, our very chatty, sweet kitty of 16 years", Karen Pence tweeted Thursday, along with a picture of the orange and white feline.

Mayor Jim Lienhoop says about half of that is because of Pence's visits.