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Kushner, Greenblatt in Middle East to seek support for Trump's 'peace' plan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This photo taken on May 16, 2019 shows White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner has gone to the Middle East to push the US-backed Israeli-Palestinian peace deal on behalf of hi father-in-law, US President Donald Trump.

Media agencies cited a White House official as saying on Tuesday that Kushner was leading a diplomatic delegation to Morocco, Jordan and Israel.

US Middle East special envoy, Jason Greenblatt, was in the delegation accompanying Kushner during the trip.

US special envoy to Middle East, Jason Greenblatt (AFP file photo)

The official said one reason for this week's trip is to garner regional leaders’ support for a June 25-26 conference in Manama, Bahrain.

At the Manama conference, the US is set to unveil the first part of Trump's so-called “deal of the century”.

Trump’s Middle East peace deal is said to hugely favor the Israeli regime, and Palestinian leaders have been sharply critical of it.

Most Palestinian factions have dubbed Trump’s deal as “the slap of the century,” and boycotted the Manama conference.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected Trump’s deal, saying it would “go to hell.”

The participants in the conference in Manama were expected to be some 300 to 400 representatives and business executives from the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Possibly, a few Palestinian businessmen and representatives from G7 countries, Egypt, Jordan and Oman would be attending.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced their readiness to take part in the conference. Officials from Qatar were expected to attend the abortive event, as well.

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