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White House Official Denies Report That Trump Will Host Arab Leaders at Camp David Peace Summit

07-31-2019
President Donald Trump at the White House. (AP Photo)

JERUSALEM, Israel - A senior White House official denied a report Wednesday claiming that US President Donald Trump will host a peace summit with Arab leaders in the US before Israel's elections on September 17. 

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday that Kushner would invite Arab leaders during his Mideast tour this week. 

The official denied the report and said, "No summit has currently been planned. The Middle East team will report back to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. National Security Agency upon returning to discuss the many potential next steps to expand upon the success of the Bahrain workshop."

The official was referring to the Bahrain conference in June where Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, the architect of President Donald Trump's so-called "Deal of Century," rolled out his $50 billion economic plan for the Palestinians and the broader region.

The details of the peace plan remain unclear but it is expected to be released after Israel's elections. 

Palestinian leaders are likely to reject the plan immediately. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh told The Associated Press in April the plan will be "born dead." 

Reuters reports that Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, State Department official Brian Hook and Kushner aide Avi Berkowitz are expected to visit Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates in the upcoming week.

 

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