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Trump Sending Two Top Aides To Meet With Israelis, Palestinians


Jason Greenblatt (L), Trump's special representative for international negotiations, speaks to White House senior advisor Jared Kushner during a press conference in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017

Two key advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump are traveling to Jerusalem and Ramallah in an effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a White House official says.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, and national security aide Jason Greenblatt are heading to the region, officials said on June 18.

Greenblatt is scheduled to arrive in the region on June 19, while Kushner is slated to land on June 21.

"Excited to be traveling back to Israel and the Pal. Territories to continue the discussion about the possibility of peace," Greenblatt wrote on Twitter late on June 18.

The two White House aides will meet in Jerusalem and Ramallah to hear from Israeli and Palestinian leaders "about their priorities and potential next steps," the administration official said.

"President Trump has made it clear that working towards achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him. He strongly believes that peace is possible," the official said.

Based on reporting by Reuters and The Washington Post
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