Richard PencePence allies anxious he'll be called to answer questions from Mueller: report Trump thought it was "low class" for Pence to bring pets to VP residence: report Pence told RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after "Access Hollywood" tape came out: report MORE will leave Washington one week from Friday for a four-day Middle East tour that will take him to Egypt, Israel and Jordan, his office announced Monday. Pence will then travel to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II on January 21, a meeting that was not on his original itinerary.
Jerusalem's status has always been one of the main obstacles to a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Pence was originally scheduled to travel the week before Christmas, but postponed the trip so that he could remain in Washington in case his vote was needed to pass tax legislation favored by President Donald Trump.
A spokeswoman for Pence indicated "working together to fight terrorism and to improve national security" will be among topics of discussion.
The global community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the full city.
Pence is not expected to meet with the Palestinians, who have sought to make Israel-annexed east Jerusalem their capital.
Pence was supposed to visit the region in December, including a visit to Bethlehem and meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas. Instead, he said, preoccupied by concerns about their own stability, the Arab leaders signalled that - while they may not like the decision - they "will find a way to work with it", and "with a White House that is prepared to break with what had been taboos in American foreign policy". Sissi will meet with Pence despite the deep unpopularity of Trump's decision.
The United Nations does not recognize Israeli control over Jerusalem.
Trump's December declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his promise to move the US embassy there sparked violence in the Muslim world.
Egypt has long accused Hamas of supporting groups fighting its security forces in the Sinai peninsula, a region that borders Gaza and Israel. The Times article said that according to tapes of conversations between Kholi and four different hosts, the officer suggested that Palestinians should be content with Ramallah rather than east Jerusalem. He reportedly backed out of a planned interview with the Times. "All the entities in charge have expressed in word and deed the inalienable position on Jerusalem in the U.N. and other worldwide organizations with disregard for the threats of the U.S.to cut aid to countries including Egypt over the U.N. Jerusalem vote". Jordan has a large population of Palestinian origin, and the king serves as guardian of the third holiest site of Islam, located in east Jerusalem.