US Vice President Mike Pence will delay his planned trip this week to the Middle East until mid-January, CNBC quoted the White House as saying on Saturday.
The postponement of Pence's trip comes amid widespread outrage across the Middle East in response to US President Donald Trump's decision earlier this month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
This came after Arab foreign ministers urged the US to abandon its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he would not meet Pence in response to Trump’s announcement.
The head of Egypt’s largest Christian church announced he would not meet Pence when he visits Cairo, which was scheduled on Dec. 20. A similar decision was made Friday by the head of Al-Azhar, the world’s supreme seat of learning for Sunni Muslims.
Also, many powers as France, UN, and the UK declared their rejection of this decision, saying the move would increase violence throughout the region.