Kushner heading to Mideast for peace talks

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all tried and failed to achieve a peace deal.

19 June 2017 | 21:09

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 19 June 2017 | 21:09

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, center, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, right, attend the first meeting of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Friday, June 16, 2017, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON: Jared Kushner is traveling to the Middle East this week to continue work toward a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

A White House official said the senior aide and son-in-law to President Donald Trump will arrive on Wednesday for meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Jason Greenblatt, Trump's international envoy, will arrive on Monday.

The official said Kushner and Greenblatt will hear from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and their senior advisers.

Trump made a personal appeal for peace during a visit to Israel last month. He has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal," putting Kushner and Greenblatt in charge of the charting the course.

In remarks in the Middle East, Trump called on both sides to put aside the "pain and disagreements of the past." But he did not offer any details on how to move forward and avoided issues that have stymied all previous attempts at a peace agreement, including the status of Jerusalem, Israeli settlement construction and the Palestinians' demand for a sovereign nation.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all tried and failed to achieve a peace deal.

The White House official — who was not authorized to speak publicly about the trip — said an agreement will take time, adding that there are likely to be many more visits by Kushner and Greenblatt to the region, as they seek common ground.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Kushner was making the trip.

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