Egypt's Coptic Pope Rejects Pence Meeting Over Jerusalem: Statement

Egypt's Coptic Pope Rejects Pence Meeting Over Jerusalem: Statement

Egypt's [Christian] Coptic Church leader, Pope Tawadros II cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Cairo later this month in protest at Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the church said Saturday.

US President Donald Trump's decision "did not take into account the feelings of millions of Arab people," the church said in a statement, adding it decided not to receive Pence when his visits Egypt.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has also refused to meet US Vice President Mike Pence later this month following Washington's controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday, as protests gripped the Palestinian territories for a third straight day.