U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters in a hangar at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP, File)
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence headed for Egypt Saturday to begin a Middle East trip overshadowed by anger in the Arab world over Washington's recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Pence had been due to travel to the region in December but controversy over President Donald Trump's decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem saw many planned meetings cancelled.The Palestinian leadership, already furious over the Jerusalem decision, has denounced the U.S. administration and had already refused to meet Pence in December.Pence can expect a warm welcome after Trump's decision on Jerusalem, which Israelis and Palestinians alike interpreted as Washington taking Israel's side in the dispute over the city.The State Department has begun to plan the sensitive move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a process that U.S. diplomats say may take years to complete.
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