Egypt's Coptic Church refuses to meet with Pence over Trump's Jerusalem move

Egypt's Coptic Church has reportedly refused to push through with a meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when he visits this month after Washington officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

(REUTERS / Joshua Roberts)U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attends a healthcare listening session at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. June 5, 2017.

On Dec. 9, MENA state news agency reported that Egypt's Coptic Church had "excused itself" from the meeting that would have been held when Pence visits the Northern African nation this month. The Church said U.S. President Donald Trump's decision came "at an unsuitable time and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people," Reuters relayed.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera News reported that Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has sparked anger across Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. On Dec. 10, protesters flooded central avenues and public squares in major cities with people waving the Palestinian flag and denouncing Washington's move.

Aside from that, Trump's announcement ignited violence in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Palestinian Red Crescent said the clashes with Israeli authorities left at least four Palestinians dead and 157 others injured since Dec. 6.

In Beirut, demonstrators had an encounter with security troops outside the U.S. embassy. Police officers used tear gas and a water cannon against protesters who set fires outside and burned U.S. and Israeli flags.

In Jakarta, more than 5,000 Indonesians gathered outside the U.S. embassy to express solidarity with Palestinians. One of the organizers, Nurjannah Nurwani, demanded international intervention to pressure Trump into withdrawing his declaration.

The scene in Istanbul was similar, with thousands of protesters flooding the streets and Yenikapi Square while holding Turkish and Palestinian flags. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared Trump's announcement "null and void" and promised to fight against Washington's decision.

On Dec. 10, Arab foreign ministers issued a resolution calling on Trump to rescind his declaration. They also asked the U.N. Security Council to condemn the move.