Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is set to arrive in London shortly where he is expected to hold talks with British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, on Thursday (September 03).
Kushner’s scheduled brief stop in the UK is believed to be part of the US government’s concerted effort to apply pressure on the British government to support the US government’s hardline position on Iran.
Kushner is also expected to drum up support in London for the Trump Administration’s broader Middle East policy, notably a wide-ranging effort to pressurize Persian Gulf Arab states to formally recognize the Zionist regime.
Kushner, who has no formal diplomatic training or experience, has been conducting parallel diplomacy in the Middle East on behalf of Trump.
To that end, Kushner has sometimes come into conflict with the US State Department – and other American foreign policy institutions – over US policy in the region.
This conflict came into sharp relief during the so-called Qatar diplomatic crisis of June 2017, when Kushner sided with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to impose an economic blockade against Qatar.
It was widely reported at the time that the State Department and the Pentagon were opposed to the isolation of Qatar.
Rex Tillerson, who was US Secretary of State between February 2017 and March 2018, has accused Kushner of bypassing him and former defense secretary, Jim Mattis, to “make foreign policy”.
Kushner’s trip to London is taking place against the backdrop of the UK government’s continuing refusal to toe the US line in the United Nations Security Council, where the Trump Administration is trying to coerce member states to “snap back” sanctions on Iran.