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Palestinian Mideast Poland meeting 'a discussion not negotiations': US official

Reuters , Friday 8 Feb 2019
Jared Kushner
File Photo: White House senior advisor Jared Kushner speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 21, 2018 (Photo: Reuters)

Palestinian officials have been invited to a U.S. conference on the Middle East hosted by Poland next week where White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will discuss plans for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

The senior administration official told reporters the event was “not a negotiation but a discussion” on Middle East peace.

“As noted we have asked the Palestinian Authority to send representatives to this event,” the official said.

Kushner, who is U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, will also take part, the official said, and he “will discuss the administration’s efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians and also take questions from the audience.”

“We would very much welcome the Palestinian Authority’s perspectives during the discussion, but I do want to emphasize this is not a negotiation but a discussion, and we look forward to fostering a constructive conversation in Warsaw,” he added.

The State Department has said more than 40 countries will attended the conference in Warsaw from Feb. 12 to 14.

Kushner has been working on a peace plan for more than a year. The Warsaw event will be one of the first occasions where he will discuss the plan publicly, although he is not expected to reveal any details.

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