Kushner to visit Middle East to garner backing for peace plan

Kushner to visit Middle East to garner backing for peace plan

Kushner to visit Middle East to garner backing for peace plan

"President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will visit at least five Arab countries in late February to request their rulers" support for the promised U.S. peace plan for Israel and the PA, as well as brief them rulers on the economic part of the "Deal of the Century", as the president described it, White House officials said Thursday.

'As noted we have asked the Palestinian Authority to send representatives to this event, ' the United States official said.

Mr Kushner has been working on a peace plan for more than a year.

Kushner will visit Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar and possibly Morocco, according to Israeli anchorman Barak Ravid, who announced Kushner's visit on Twitter.

The senior administration official told reporters the event was "not a negotiation but a discussion" on Middle East peace.

The Palestinians have accused the Trump administration of emboldening Israel's hard-right government to pursue plans to change the status quo in the region, allowing it to continue building settlements they say will deal a fatal blow to any hope of a contiguous Palestinian state that would include East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

While this trip will not focus on the political components of the peace plan, officials said Arab leaders will be hesitant to accept the economic aspects if they don't know the political aspects.

Beforehand, Kushner, Greenblatt and other administration officials will travel to the Warsaw conference on the Mideast on February 13-14 and meet with foreign officials regarding the peace plan.

The Palestinian foreign ministry said the conference is aimed at pushing its participants to adopt American positions.

On Thursday, Kushner is set to take part in a discussion on how to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Polish capital Warsaw.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC, said the Trump administration is likely to run into a few hurdles when having to deal with Palestinians after it unilaterally chose to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017.

The Palestinians have refused to talk to the Trump administration since the USA leader recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017.

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