Jared Kushner Made Unannounced Trip to Saudi Arabia

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and senior adviser took an unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia together with other senior White House advisers. This was his third trip this year and the aim of it was to continue the discussions on Middle East peace, CNN reported citing White House official.

Kushner went to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday on a commercial flight. He traveled separately from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who led a delegation to Riyadh last week to focus on combating terrorist financing, Politico reports.

National security adviser Dina Powell and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt were accompanying Kushner. It is not known who Kushner and the other officials met in Saudi Arabia. According to an official, the trip is an effort by the American officials to continue discussions with regional partners about a Middle East peace effort.

“Jared has always been driven to try and solve the Israel-Palestinian dispute. The key to solving that dispute is Egypt. And the key to Egypt is Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia,” said billionaire real estate investor Tom Barrack, a longtime friend, and a close Trump confidant.

Kushner has been in contact with officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

“While these regional talks will play an important role, the President reaffirms that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties and that the United States will continue working closely with the parties to make progress toward that goal. No deal will be imposed on Israelis and Palestinians. We are committed to facilitating a deal that improves conditions for both parties,” the unnamed White House official said.

Greenblatt continued from Saudi Arabia to Amman, Jordan; Cairo; the West Bank city of Ramallah; and Jerusalem, where he was on Sunday.

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