US Vice President Mike Pence speaks to a crowd in Florida in August. Pence will be visiting Israel and its neighbors on January 20-23.
(photo credit: JOE SKIPPER/REUTERS)
Press Secretary for US Vice President Mike Pence Alyssa Farah stated the Palestinians' refusal to meet with Pence is "walking away from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region."
"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."
The statement comes just a few days after a senior official in the Palestinian Fatah party said that "Pence is unwelcome in Palestine."
The December 6 announcement by US President Trump, which officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and , has sparked major protests across the region.