Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem: Palestinians are 'walking away' from talks, says US

The US accused the Palestinian Authority on Sunday of 'walking away' from a chance to discuss peace in West Asia by snubbing Vice-President Mike Pence on an upcoming visit

AFP December 11, 2017 06:48:37 IST
Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem: Palestinians are 'walking away' from talks, says US

Jerusalem: The United States accused the Palestinian Authority on Sunday of "walking away" from a chance to discuss peace in West Asia by snubbing Vice-President Mike Pence on an upcoming visit.

"It's unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region," Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff, said in a statement.

The comments come after the Palestinian Authority said that its president Mahmud Abbas would refuse to meet Pence later in December in protest at the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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