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Mike Pence’s Mideast Trip Still On as Gov’t Shutdown Looms
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US Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to the ‘Israeli'-occupied territories, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart.
Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for him: designating occupied al-Quds as the Zionist entity's so-called ‘capital' and curtailing aid for Palestinians.
Pence departed as scheduled Friday evening as US lawmakers sought to avert a federal government shutdown at midnight.
In this respect, Alyssa Farah, a Pence spokeswoman, said the trip was "integral to America's national security and diplomatic objectives" and would go on as scheduled. Pence was set to depart Friday evening, and Air Force Two was expected to land in Ireland for a refueling stop early Saturday en route to Cairo.
Since his days in Congress a decade ago, Pence has played a role in pushing both for the shift in US policy related to the capital and for placing limits on funding for Palestinian causes.
Pence will hold four days of meetings in Egypt, Jordan and the Zionist entity during his visit, the first to the region by a senior administration official since Trump announced plans in December to designate al-Quds as ‘Israel's' so-called ‘capital' and begin the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied holy city.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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