Palestinians protest outside the U.N. offices in Gaza City. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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The Palestinian president Wednesday said President Donald Trump's decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "sinful," as Belgium announced $23 million in aid to UNRWA after the U.S. suspended $65 million in contributions. Mahmoud Abbas, in a fiery and emotional speech told a conference in Egypt that the United States has disqualified itself from continuing as a broker in the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a role America has had for decades. American officials have said it's unlikely the embassy in Jerusalem would open before the end of Trump's term in office.Abbas is expected to shun Pence when he visits the region.Abbas met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi later Wednesday. The Egyptian presidential spokesman said Sisi reassured Abbas of Egypt's continued efforts toward the creation of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
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