US president's senior adviser Jared Kushner is seen during a welcome ceremony in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. (AFP/Thomas Coex) US president's senior adviser Jared Kushner is seen during a welcome ceremony in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

Shoukry meets Kushner over current Palestinian crisis

Tue, Aug. 22, 2017
CAIRO – 22 August 2017: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet on Wednesday with a U.S. delegation headed by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner.


The U.S. delegation, which includes Jason Greenblatt, chief legal advisor to Trump and U.S. special representative for international negotiations, along with Dina Powell, U.S. deputy national security adviser for strategy, is currently enroute to the Middle East over the possibility of resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.



Since July 14, the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has seen a stalemate following the killing of three Palestinian youth and two Israeli soldiers at the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the ensuing escalation. The Israeli forces launched a vicious onslaught against Palestinian demonstrators who protested against the Israeli measures, which included closing Al-Aqsa Mosque and placing metal detection gates at the mosque’s entrances.


On July 21, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced dismissing all relations with the Israeli side, including security coordination, in response to continuous Israeli violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque and compound.


Kushner is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then will hold a bilateral meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas separately on Thursday.


Being at the helm of the U.S. envoy, Kushner is expected to spell out the American vision towards the current situation, which has been blurry since the outbreak of the crisis.
 
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