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Trump to send envoys for talks on Middle East peace

August 11, 2017 at 6:27 pm

US President Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner is seen during a meeting in Erbil, Iraq on 4 April 2017 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]

US President Donald Trump is sending his son-in-law Jared Kushner and negotiator Jason Greenblatt to the Middle East soon to meet with regional leaders and discuss a “path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks” a White House official said today.

Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell will also be on the trip, which will include meetings with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the official said.

“While the regional talks will play an important role, the president reaffirms that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties and that the United States will continue working closely with the parties to make progress towards that goal,” the official said.

This comes weeks after leaked audio recordings revealed that Kushner has doubts that a solution to the crisis can be found.

“There may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on,” he can be heard saying in the recording obtained by Wired.