Trump will send envoys to Middle East to discuss peace

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

In a statement, the White House said Trump "believes that the restoration of calm and the stabilized situation in Jerusalem after the recent crisis on the Temple Mount-Haram al Sharif has created an opportunity to continue discussions and the pursuit of peace that began early in his administration".

President Trump is once again sending Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, along with Jason Greenblatt, the president's lead envoy in the Middle East, and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser, to the Middle East for peace talks, CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reports.

Trump directed that the talks focus on a pathway to peace talks, fighting "extremism", easing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and identifying economic steps that can be taken to ensure security and stability, the official said.

Tensions escalated between Israel and the Palestinians after three Palestinians shot and killed two Israeli policemen at the ultra-sensitive holy site and the Israeli government upped security measures around the compound in response.

While the flare up has died down, tensions remain strained between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as president Mahmoud Abbas has insisted all ties remain frozen.

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"While the 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 towards that goal", the official said.

Despite the recent crisis, President Trump has reiterated that while reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will be hard, he "remains optimistic that peace is possible".

Greenblatt tweeted shortly following the White House announcement confirming the visit saying that he looked forward to returning to the Middle East, adding that the President is "optimistic".

The White House also said the three aides are to meet leaders from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority about how best to support the peace effort.

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