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US VP cPence to visit Egypt, Jordan, Israel this month

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (KUNA) -- Vice President Mike Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel from January 20 to 23, the Office of the Vice President announced Monday.
Pence "will address the shared need to combat terrorism and assist persecuted religious minorities," the announcement said.
He will arrive Jan. 20 in Egypt, where he will meet with President AbdelFatah Al Sisi, the statement said, then travel Jan. 21 to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II.
Pence will spend Jan. 22-23 in Israel, where he will participate in bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, the statement said. He will give remarks at the Knesset, it said.
"The Vice President is traveling to the Middle East to reaffirm our commitment to work with the United States' allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations," said Alyssa Farah, press secretary for Pence. "The Vice President is looking forward to meeting with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Israel to discuss ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security." (end) rm.bs