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U.S. Vice President Pence 'unwelcome in Palestine' - Fatah official

U.S. President Donald Trump and ‪Vice President Mike Pence‬ arrive for Trump to deliver remarks recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

GAZA (Reuters) - A senior Palestinian official in President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah party said on Thursday that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, due to visit the region later this month, “is unwelcome in Palestine”.

“In the name of Fatah I say that we will not welcome Trump’s deputy in the Palestinian Territories. He asked to meet (Abbas) on the 19th of this month in Bethlehem, such a meeting will not take place,” Jibril Rajoub said.

Aides for Abbas were not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Abdelaty in Cairo; writing by Ori Lewis; editing by Andrew Roche