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Pence slated to visit Israel, Egypt and Jordan in late January

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Israel, Egypt and Jordan from Jan. 19-23, the White House announced on Monday.

Vice President Mike Pence. Credit: Simon Edelman/Energy Department.
Vice President Mike Pence. Credit: Simon Edelman/Energy Department.

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Israel, Egypt and Jordan from Jan. 19-23, the White House announced on Monday.

 

On the upcoming visit, Pence will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The vice president, who has historically been a strong supporter of the Jewish state, will visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall and give a speech to the Knesset.

“At President Trump’s direction, the vice president is traveling to the Middle East to reaffirm our commitment to work with the U.S.’s allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations,” said Alyssa Farah, a spokesperson for Pence.

Farah added that Pence plans to discuss “the ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security.”

Pence’s long-awaited trip to Israel will come after multiple delays. The vice president was originally slated to visit in mid-December during Hanukkah, but that was pushed back several days due to the pending U.S. tax reform legislation. Ultimately, Pence canceled his December visit.

Pence is not expected to visit with Palestinian leaders, who announced in December that they would not meet with him due to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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