Delegation met with Oman’s Sultan ahead of meetings in Bahrain, S. Arabia, Qatar and UAE; Kushner confirms economic advantages of deal for Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

President Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, senior advisor Jared Kushner and envoy on Iran, Brian Hook, are currently in the Middle East for meetings with regional leaders centered on promoting Trump’s peace deal.

Kushner and Greenblatt held a meeting with the Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman on Monday, Kushner also giving an interview with Sky News Arabia Monday centered on the upcoming “Deal of the Century” to be published following Israel’s elections in April. 

During his interview, Kushner highlighted the four principles involved in creating the peace deal, those of freedom, opportunity, security and respect, regardless of religious identity or worship, as well as some of the goals of the Trump Administration for the region. He stated specifically on the objectives of his current visit, “we have been working on the peace initiative for two years now and we’re getting ready to put our plan forward… What we have tried to do is figure out what is a realistic and what is a fair solution to the issues here in 2019 that can enable people to live better lives.”

Specifically to the Israelis and Palestinians, he stated, “What we focused on is not so much the issues, but what is holding back the Palestinian people from achieving their full potential, and what is holding back the Israeli people from being able to properly integrate with the whole region.” He also confirmed the economic benefits of the deal would not only support Israel and the Palestinians, but also Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. 

The delegation will continue to hold meetings in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar over the coming week.

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