Diplomacy under microscope as 'peace' Games get underway

Friday, 9 February 2018

The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colorful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea on Friday, and the diplomacy was just as choreographed in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together. READ ALSO: Does Winter Olympics still make sense? South Korea, which is using the Pyeongchang Games to break the ice with North Korea, seated its president alongside US Vice President Mike Pence, with two of the North’s most senior officials sitting in ...

Pence says US embassy in Jerusalem to open by end of 2019

Monday, 22 January 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence pledged Monday that his country would move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “by the end” of 2019, a step fiercely opposed by Palestinians.In the same speech from the rostrum of the Israeli Parliament Pence urged the Palestinians to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Jewish state.“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and as such President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United ...

Jordan’s king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Jordan’s King Abdullah told US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday he looked to Washington to rebuild “trust and confidence” in moving toward a two-state solution in Israel after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the country’s capital. With Pence sitting across from him in the royal palace, King Abdullah said Jordan viewed the Israel-Palestinian conflict as a “potential major source of instability”. He said he had raised his concerns for some ...

Vice President Pence says US stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Egypt

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the US ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington. Pence and el-Sissi held two-and-a-half hours of talks at the presidential palace in Cairo, with acknowledgements of friendship and partnership between the two countries. Through a translator, Pence ...

Pence says on Iran protests: ‘US will not repeat shameful past mistake’

Monday, 1 January 2018

United States Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his support for Iranian protesters saying that his country would not “repeat past mistakes”. “As long as @RealDonaldTrump is POTUS and I am VP, the United States of America will not repeat the shameful mistake of our past when others stood by and ignored the heroic resistance of the Iranian people as they fought against their brutal regime,” Pence tweeted on Monday. “The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian ...

US Vice President Pence responds to Palestinian refusal to hold meeting

Monday, 11 December 2017

Press Secretary for US Vice President Mike Pence Alyssa Farah said on Sunday that the Palestinians' refusal to meet with Pence is "walking away from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region." The statment added: "The administration remains undeterred in its efforts to achieve peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and our peace team remains hard at work to put together a plan," according to the Jerusalem Post. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ ...

Palestinian president, Coptic Pope not to meet Pence

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will not hold a planned meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday. “There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,” diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi told AFP. “The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision.” The White House warned on Thursday that cancelling the meeting planned ...

Palestinian official says US Vice President ‘not welcome’

Friday, 8 December 2017

A senior Palestinian official said Thursday that US Vice President Mike Pence was “not welcome in Palestine” during his upcoming regional visit after a White House decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.“The American vice president is not welcome in Palestine,” Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah, told AFP.Rajoub also signaled that Abbas would not meet with Pence during his planned visit later this ...

‘Do not touch:’ Mike Pence's hands-on NASA gaffe goes viral

Saturday, 8 July 2017

In a goof gone viral, Vice President Mike Pence touched something he should not have as he visited NASA headquarters, and his defense smacked of something his boss might do: blame somebody else.Pence was at Cape Canaveral in Florida Thursday for a speech to employees and also took a tour.At one point Pence was guided to piece of gear with a sign that identified it as "critical space flight hardware" and a warning in bright, red capital letters: do not touch.Pence placed his left palm ...

Snap of Clinton reading Pence email headline goes viral

Saturday, 4 March 2017

A photo of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton glancing at a newspaper headline about US Vice President Mike Pence using private email has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people commenting on it. Pence and others involved in the Republican presidential campaign last year criticized Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as US Secretary of State. Clinton was on an airplane traveling from Boston to New York on Friday when a fellow passenger snapped ...

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