Egyptian Coptic Church Head Rejects US Vice President

 The head of the Egyptian Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II canceled a meeting with United States Vice President Mike Pence in Cairo this month. He refused to meet Pence because of Donald Trump's decision to mention Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church refuses to accept US Vice-President Mike Pence," the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church said in an e-mailed statement.

Pope Tawadros II says it will pray that the problems in Jerusalem can be solved in a wise and peaceful way.

Previously, the voice of rejection met Mike Pence also came from the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque in Egypt, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb.

In a statement, as quoted by AFP on Saturday (9/12/2017), the Al- Azhar, which is the highest Sunni institution in Egypt, said Tayeb revoked his decision to meet the US Vice President Pence, who will travel to Egypt and Israel in mid-December.

"(Tayeb announced) Obvious rejection at the official request of US Vice President Mike Pence to meet him on December 20, "the statement quoted Al-Azhar as saying.
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Palestinian President Refuses to Meet US Vice President in the West Bank

A top official has confirmed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet US Vice President Mike Pence in the West Bank this month, due to US recognition of disputed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

President Donald Trump's recent decree this is a transition from the old American policy. Israel says it will not give up any part of the city, while the Palestinians want the eastern sector annexed Israel as their future capital.

According to international consensus, the fate of the city will be determined in negotiations.

Abbas, Majdi Khaldi, said Saturday that Abbas did not want to see Pence "because America has broken the red line" on Jerusalem.

Abbas has previously seen close ties with Washington as strategically important because of America's role as Middle East mediator . The denial of meeting with the Pence signified the deterioration of the relationship sharply. [gp]

President Jokowi slams Trump Claims over Jerusalem

President Joko Widodo deplores the policy of President of the United States (US) Donald Trump who recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jokowi at the Bogor Palace on Thursday (7/12) asked Donald Trump to reconsider the decision.

"Indonesia strongly condemns the unilateral recognition of the United States against Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asks the United States to reconsider the decision," said Jokowi. 19659003] Jokowi asserted that the unilateral claim of the United States of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could trigger a world security problem.

"Such unilateral confession has violated various Security Council resolutions and the UN General Assembly, which the United States has become a permanent member, world, "he added.

Indonesia continued President, has established communication with the member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the United Nations (UN) to immediately meet and address it. [19659003] "In recent days the Government of Indonesia has been communicating with OIC countries." For OKI will immediately hold a special session on the matter of this unilateral recognition, and ask the United Nations to immediately meet and address the unilateral recognition of the United States, "said Jokowi.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry continued Jokowi will also give this statement of condemnation Indonesia through the United States Ambassador to Indonesia

"I have also ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs to summon the US Ambassador to directly convey the position of the Government of Indonesia," he said.

Jokowi further ensures that the Government and the people of Indonesia remain consistent in fighting for Palestine to become an independent state. "I and the people of Indonesia, all of us, remain consistent, to continue with the Palestinian people in their struggle for independence and their rights, in accordance with the mandate of the preamble of the 1945 Constitution."

Indonesia Send Diplomatic Note to US [19659003] President Jokowi sure will not communicate directly with US President Donald Trump on this issue, before the convening of OkI session. Jokowi is planning to attend an OIC trial scheduled to be held in Turkey on December 13.

"I will come to the OIC trial on December 13 because we have contacted all countries in Istanbul Turkey," explained Jokowi. 19659014] Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of the Bali Democracy Forum in Serpong Banten on Thursday (7/12) said he would summon US Ambassador Joseph Donovan to ask for an explanation regarding President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also said he had communicated with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to affirm Indonesia's stance on the White House's move.

To Rex, he also said that Indonesia considers this decision to undermine the peace process between Israel and Palestine as well as peace in the Middle East. Retno said Indonesia through its permanent representation to the United Nations in New York continues to strengthen communications with members of the UN Security Council in response to Trump's decision.

US President Donald Trump, on Wednesday time Washington, officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His decision was "contradictory" to US foreign policy that has been running for seven decades. Donald Trump's announcement marked the first step of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. [aw/uh]

President of Philippines says Communist rebels are terrorists

The President of the Philippines officially announces that the communist guerrillas who have perpetrated a decades-long insurgency are terrorists. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque told reporters on Tuesday that the Philippine president signed a declaration that the Communist Party of the Philippines and the armed wing, the New People's Army, the terrorist organization, in the first step of the legal process to formally prohibit their existence.

If approved by a court, the communist guerrillas will become the second group banned in the anti-terror laws rarely used after Abu Sayyaf, a group of brutal Muslim extremists blacklisted in 2015 for involvement in the kidnapping and release of hostages with ransoms, beheadings and bombings. [lt]