Palestinian presence at Mideast meeting not a negotiation: U.S

White House officials set to rally support for Middle East peace plan

White House officials set to rally support for Middle East peace plan

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is expected to discuss the conflict at the conference, whether the Palestinians attend or not.

Stops are confirmed in Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Prior to Warsaw, Kushner will travel with USA peace envoy Jason Greenblatt to Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, to discuss the economic part of the plan, according to Israeli media.

Kushner, who is not expected to visit Israel on this trip, is reportedly the driver in the administration behind a deepening alliance between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

While this trip will not focus on the political components of the peace plan, officials said Arab leaders will be hesitant to accept the economic aspects if they don't know the political aspects.

White House officials say the administration is preparing to release its final peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians after Israel's elections, which are scheduled for April 9.

"Their [the Arab countries] support, I'm sure in some manner, will be conditioned on whether they are comfortable with the political plan", the official said.

The tour aims to build goodwill and support for a plan that has been widely discredited by the Palestinians, and is seen with skepticism by the global community.

The Palestinians have refused to talk to the Trump administration since the U.S. leader recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017.

Relationships between Washington and Ramallah have been at an all-time low since the Trump administration's decision to move the USA embassy to Israel to Jerusalem in December 2017.

According to rumors, the new peace plan includes handing the new PA government-whether as a fully realized state or something less than that-the eastern part of Jerusalem to be turned into its future capital.

During the discussion with Borge Brende, president of the World Economic Forum, he is expected to give an update on the peace effort and what the administration hopes to accomplish in the coming weeks and months.

Beforehand, Kushner, Greenblatt and other administration officials will travel to the Warsaw conference on the Mideast on February 13-14 and meet with foreign officials regarding the peace plan.

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