Abbas will not meet Pence, says adviser

‘U.S. crossed all red lines with decision’

Updated - December 09, 2017 09:34 pm IST

Published - December 09, 2017 09:29 pm IST - Ramallah

(FILES) - A file picture taken on June 19, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas giving a statement. Abbas has threatened on September 7, 2014 to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the Islamist movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI

(FILES) - A file picture taken on June 19, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas giving a statement. Abbas has threatened on September 7, 2014 to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the Islamist movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas will not hold a planned meeting with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an aide of Mr. Abbas said on Saturday.

“There will be no meeting with the Vice-President of America in Palestine,” diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi said.

‘Counterproductive’

“The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision,” Mr Khaldi added.

The White House warned on Thursday that cancelling the meeting planned for later this month in the West Bank would be “counterproductive”, but Mr. Abbas has been under heavy domestic pressure to shun Mr. Pence following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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