'My Mideast peace plan opportunity of century'

 

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is interviewed by Reuters.- Reuters
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is interviewed by Reuters.- Reuters

Manama - While the two-day meeting will not address political solutions in the Middle East, Kushner acknowledged the need to take them up later.

By AFP

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Published: Tue 25 Jun 2019, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 1:09 AM

White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Tuesday that his plan for the Middle East was "the opportunity of the century" for the Palestinians but that their acceptance was a pre-condition to peace.
"Agreeing on an economic pathway forward is a necessary pre-condition to resolving the previously unsolvable political issues," Kushner said as he opened a workshop in Bahrain being boycotted by the Palestinian Authority.
While the two-day meeting will not address political solutions in the Middle East, Kushner acknowledged the need to take them up later. "To be clear, economic growth and prosperity for the Palestinian people are not possible without an enduring and fair political solution to the conflict - one that guarantees Israel's security and respects the dignity of the Palestinian people."
Kushner acknowledged widespread scepticism about the intentions of US President Donald Trump, his father-in-law, who has taken an unapologetically pro-Israel line including recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


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