Scrapping Pence-Abbas talks 'counterproductive': White House aide

Scrapping Pence-Abbas talks 'counterproductive': White House aide

Khaldi said that the coming phase will see active diplomatic moves, pointing out to the Arab ministerial meeting, slated for today in addition to the Islamic summit due to be held on Wednesday.

Following Trump's speech, in which the U.S. president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ordered the State Department to begin preparations for moving the USA embassy to the city from Tel Aviv, Abbas slammed the move and said the United States has ended its historic role as the key sponsor for Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

In addition to announcing the U.S. would formally recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the president also announced plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Four people have now been killed and dozens wounded since Trump announced the move, which drew criticism from every other member of the UN Security Council at an emergency meeting on Friday.

Earlier, Egypt's Coptic Church head Pope Tawadros II, according to Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency, had refused to meet Pence over the same row.

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi and the Congress party on Friday urged the government to condemn the USA decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Hamas movement declared Friday a "day of rage".

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A woman was wounded by Israeli army fire during clashes at the border following one funeral attended by thousands in the Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis.

A Palestinian Red Crescent Society spokesperson told MEE that 12 people had been injured by tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets in Bethlehem by mid-afternoon. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators also gathered in the centre of Paris Saturday to protest against the upcoming visit of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Five European countries on the UN Security Council insisted the new USA policy was not consistent with past resolutions, including one that declares East Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.

White House and US State Department officials did not respond to requests for comment on Abbas's declaration.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the Washington has credibility as a mediator with both Israel and the Palestinians and accused the United Nations of damaging rather than advancing peace prospects with unfair attacks on Israel.

Abbas has said Trump has disqualified the United States from its longstanding role as peace broker in the Middle East conflict.

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