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    US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Cairo in first stop of Middle east tour

    Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with US Vice President Mike Pence in Cairo on Saturday where they discussed bilateral relations and regional issues, particularly the Palestinian situation and the recent US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
    The two discussed the importance of reaching a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian issue, stressing that achieving peace in the region will lead to a new reality where regional countries will have the space for social and economic development.
    El-Sisi and Pence also highlighted that Palestinian-Israeli peace will eliminate one of the main justifications terrorist organisations use for their acts.
    The two officials stressed the need to reach political solutions to the different conflicts in the region while preserving unity, sovereignty, and the national institutions of the countries where these conflicts are taking place.
    El-Sisi and Pence also discussed consolidating and developing strategic relations between Egypt and the US in all fields.
    Following the meeting, Pence held a press conference where he praised the economic reforms undertaken by Egypt, and delivered greetings to El-Sisi from “friend” US President Donald Trump.
    Pence also said that the US stands with Egypt in its war against terrorism, expressing his sorrow for the recent terrorist attacks Egypt has faced.
    Pence left Cairo following a four-hour visit in his first stop in a three-leg trip to the Middle East, which includes Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
    The Pence visit, originally scheduled for 20 December, was delayed following Trump’s recent announcement that Washington would acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    english.ahram.org.eg