cairo - The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt refused a request from the American Vice President Mike Pence to come to the audience. Because of all the tumult around the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it seems better to the Coptic church not to receive Pence.
According to the church, the American decision comes 'at an undesirable moment' and is not taken into account 'with the feelings of millions of people,' reports the state press agency MENA. Pence travels to Egypt at the end of this month.
The recognition of Jerusalem has put a lot of bad blood in the Middle East. Pence is not welcome in the Palestinian territories either, according to the government party of Mahmoud Abbas. He would also pay a visit there.