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Jordan urges rethink on Jerusalem decision

US Vice President Mike Pence has held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. (AAP)

Jordan's king has urged the US to revisit its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital during a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence.

Jordan's King Abdullah has expressed concern over a decision by Washington to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying East Jerusalem had to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

In remarks during talks with US Vice President Mike Pence in Amman on Sunday, the king said the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a two-state one.

Jordan lost East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

US endorsement of Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital broke with decades of US policy that the city's status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

King Abdullah said the US move would fuel radicalism and inflame Muslim and Christian tensions.

"For us, Jerusalem is key to Muslims and Christians, as it is to Jews. It is key to peace in the region and key to enabling Muslims to effectively fight some of our root causes of radicalisation," he said.

Earlier Pence told Egypt's leader the US would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to it.

Pence met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the first leg of his three-country tour.

The visit is the highest level by a US official to the region since December, when Trump upended decades of US policy on Jerusalem in a move opposed by Arab leaders including Sisi.

"We heard President al-Sisi out," Pence told reporters after their meeting, saying the Egyptian leader described his objection to Trump's decision as a "disagreement between friends".

Pence said he assured Sisi that the US was committed to preserving the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem and had come to no final resolution on boundaries for the two parties.

"My perception was that he was encouraged by that message," Pence said.

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