At the request of US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence will head to the Middle East in December. While in the region, he will visit Israel and Egypt. In separate meetings, Pence plans to discuss the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace with the leaders on both sides.

Netanyahu and Pence

Netanyahu and Pence Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/Channel 2 News

On Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence announced that he will travel to the Middle East in late December. Pence stated that during the trip, he will meet with leaders in Egypt and Israel at the request of US President Donald Trump.

Speaking at In Defense of Christians’ solidarity event for Christians in the Middle East in Washington, Pence stated: “One of the messages that I will bring on the president’s behalf to leaders across the region is that now is the time to bring an end to the persecution of Christians and all religious minorities.”

Pence will likely visit Israel during Hanukkah. During the trip, Pence is expected to discuss the possibilities of a regional peace agreement during separate meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Associated Press. With Netanyahu, Pence will also discuss the new US strategy on Iran.  

After sitting down with Netanyahu and Abbas, Pence will head to Cairo in order to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The two will discuss their countries’ security cooperation and the persecution of religious minority groups, such as Christians, in the region.