President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (C), King Abdullah II (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R)- CC via Flickr/ U.S. Department of State
CAIRO - 10 December 2017: A tripartite summit between Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his Jordanian and Palestinian counterparts Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II, respectively, will be held on Monday in Cairo to discuss the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
President Sisi made phone calls with two leaders on Sunday, discussing importance of intensifying the international contacts to show the negative repercussions of Trump’s decision, which contradicts with the international resolutions, according to the Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi.
On Wednesday night, United States’ President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a televised speech from the White House. Trump’s decision was met by a barrage of criticism and condemnations from many Arab and world leaders, while protests took place in Gaza strip, West Bank as well as different parts of the Arab world.
Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the West Bank on Friday; Israeli forces fired tear gas on the protesters, killing two Palestinians and injuring more than 300 others. On Saturday, the Israeli airstrikes killed two other Palestinians and injured dozens, raising the injured toll to 1,114 people, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health on Saturday.
Egypt’s Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb and Pope Tawadros of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark announced their rejection to meet with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, who will visit Egypt on December 20. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced his rejection to meet with Pence, although the White House has warned that rejecting Pence’s meeting could have negative consequences.