Trump adviser Kushner in Cairo for talks on peace
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Trump adviser Kushner in Cairo for talks on peace

US president's son-in-law on Mideast tour in bid to jump-start stalled negotiations; to meet Netanyahu, Abbas on Thursday

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner at an event in the White House on June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner at an event in the White House on June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

CAIRO — White House adviser Jared Kushner has touched down in Cairo, the latest stop on his Mideast trip to discuss the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry says Kushner, who is also the son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, will meet with Egyptian officials, including Foreign Minister Sameh Shourky, on Wednesday.

Ahead of Kushner’s visit, the Trump administration on Tuesday cut nearly $100 million in military and economic aid to Egypt and delayed almost $200 million more in military financing, pending human rights improvements.

The US delegation also includes Jason Greenblatt, envoy for international negotiations, and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser.

The delegation was in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday. Separate meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were expected for Thursday.

They were to hold meetings in Israel on Thursday. Netanyahu will be in Russia on Wednesday for a meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Trump has asked his delegation to focus the talks on this trip around several broad themes, including finding “a path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, combating extremism [and dealing with] the situation in Gaza, including how to ease the humanitarian crisis there,” according to a senior White House official.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that the entire Trump administration is in “chaos,” and indicated that the White House disarray was affecting peace efforts.

“I don’t even know how they are dealing with us, because his entire administration is in chaos,” Abbas told a delegation of dovish Israeli lawmakers visiting Ramallah.

Abbas told parliamentarians from the Meretz party that he had met with US officials more than 20 times since Trump’s election in November 2016, yet still had little idea what their plans for peace negotiations were.

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