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Jared Kushner to visit Israel, Palestinians in US push for peace talks

White House special advisor Jared Kushner has accompanied President Donald Trump, his father-in-law, on his first trip abroad to the Middle East and Europe
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Trump has repeatedly voiced his eagerness to reach a peace agreement, calling it 'the ultimate deal'

Middle East Adviser and son-in-law to US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, will visit both Israel and the Palestinian Authority this week in a continuation of the US’ push for restarting peace negotiations, reported Israeli media on Monday, citing White House sources.

Kushner will join Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, as the current administration looks to draft an American statement of principles for negotiating the peace talks between the longstanding adversaries.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly voiced his eagerness to reach a peace agreement, calling it "the ultimate deal."

Kushner and Greenblatt joined Trump in a landmark visit to the region in May where he met with both the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and his Palestinian counterpart President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Following the meetings, Trump said he believed both leaders were “ready to reach for peace.”

"It is important to remember that forging a historic peace agreement will take time and to the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region and possibly many trips by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington D.C. or other locations as they pursue substantive talks," said a White House official to Israeli daily Haaretz.

“Even while working behind the scenes to advance direct, bilateral negotiations between the parties we will continue to communicate with the relevant constituencies throughout the region to remind all that peace is possible and to demonstrate the many positive benefits that would arise from a successful negotiations,” the official continued.

The official added that achieving a “lasting peace agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians is still a “top priority” for President Trump and “He strongly believes that peace is possible.”

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