Palestinian official says US vice president 'not welcome'

Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East have condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 08, 2017, 03.57 AM (IST)

After a Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a senior Palestine official said that United States Vice President Mike Pence was not welcome in Palestine.

"The American vice president is not welcome in Palestine," Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party, AFP reported.

During Pence's visit, Rajoub has also hinted that he would not meet with the vice president

Pence is expected to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories before Christmas.

On Thursday, The White House warned that canceling a planned meeting between Abbas Pence in the wake of US policy shift on Jerusalem would be "counterproductive."

United States President Donald trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday in a move that outraged Palestinian leaders, but which was hailed as historic by Israel.

Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East have condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas also said that Trump has disqualified the United States from its traditional role as peace broker in the Middle East conflict.

The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

(With inputs from news agency)