Kushner to lead Trump team on Middle East peace trip

Kushner to lead Trump team on Middle East peace trip
Posted at 6:13 PM, Aug 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 14:30:17-04

(CNN) - President Donald Trump is sending Jared Kushner to the Middle East to try and lay groundwork for peace talks.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and deputy national security adviser for strategy Dina Powell will join the president's son-in-law on the trip.

The envoys will meet with leaders from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The White House says the meetings are to discuss a path toward substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and securing stability in the region. 

Brokering peace in the Middle East was a frequent talking point during Donald Trump's presidential campaign. He hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in February, just a month after he took office.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited in May. The White House says the trip will happen soon, but has not set a date.

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