Jared Kushner heads to Jerusalem and Ramallah to talk peace
(CNN) The White House, Jared Kushner, will visit Israel and Ramallah this week.
Kushner will arrive Wednesday to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, then travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Kushner tour was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
President Donald Trump made it clear that working for a lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians is a priority for him, a White House official told CNN.
Trump has asked some of his trusted advisors to lead this effort, including son-Kushner and Assistant President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. The two men worked closely together.
Greenblatt, who works as a Palestinian-Israeli negotiating administration, will visit the region on Monday.
In May, Kushner and Greenblatt both accompanied the president during his visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to discuss a peace agreement.
Since then, the talks have been underway, the White House official said. To build this trip, Kushner and Greenblatt return to Jerusalem and Ramallah for meetings to discuss priorities and next steps with Netanyahu and his senior advisers and Abbas and his top advisers, the official said.
Kushner, the 36-year-old commercial real estate mogul whose marriage to Trump’s eldest daughter pushed the otherwise inexperienced diplomat into the US Center’s foreign relations, now has a heavy Foreign Affairs portfolio in the Trump administration.
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In April, Kushner visited Iraq aboard a military aircraft as part of his broad portfolio of foreign relations in Trump’s presidency.
Kushner’s extended responsibilities do not end with foreign affairs. He is responsible for leading the presidential office to reform the federal bureaucracy, discuss criminal justice reform, improve the Department of Veterans Affairs, and address the epidemic of opioid abuse countries.
Kushner’s participation in the administration of his father-in-law has raised doubts, especially regarding his relationship with Russia during the presidential transition.
In March, CNN reported that Kushner had “relational” meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov to discuss issues such as sanctions.
Last month, the news revealed that Kushner could discuss the creation of a secret communication channel between the transition team Trump and the Kremlin with Kislyak.
Last week, the Washington Post reported that Kushner’s business dealings are under investigation by Special Adviser to the Ministry of Justice Robert Mueller.