US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel from January 20 to 23 on a tour, which was originally planned for last month after President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“The vice president is traveling to the Middle East to reaffirm our commitment to work with the United States’ allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations,” said Alyssa Farah, Pence’s press secretary. “The vice president is looking forward to meeting with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Israel to discuss ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security.”
The visit, now scheduled for Jan. 19-23, had been delayed due to unrest in the region following Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The U.S. motion to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was rejected by the U.N. Security Council and condemned by international leaders.
Pence postponed the planned visit to Egypt and Israel last month to stay in Washington for a congressional vote on Trump’s tax overhaul plan.