Jared Kushner and Mike Pompeo travel to Middle East for Israel peace talks


President Trump will send two senior lawmakers to the Middle East in the coming days in the hope of building on the recent peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs on Sunday for a six-country tour that will take him to Israel, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Sudan, sources told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, visits Israel, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Morocco a few days later.

The two trips aim to finalize one or more normalization agreements modeled on the Israel-United Arab Emirates deal, an agreement brokered by the United States that established full diplomatic relations and direct travel between the two countries.

Trump announced the surprise pact in an Aug. 13 tweet, calling it a “HUGE breakthrough.”

The coveted alliance was seen as a major foreign policy victory for Trump ahead of the November presidential election.


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