White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner will lead a US delegation to Israel and Morocco next week for discussions on the normalisation deal the two Middle East countries reached last week, a senior US administration official said on Tuesday.
The US delegation and an Israeli team will join together and take the first direct commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat as a sign of progress after the Israel-Morocco deal that Kushner helped broker, the official told the Reuters news agency.
Kushner, Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz and Adam Boehler, chief executive officer of the US International Development Finance Corporation, will arrive in Israel on Monday.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI have agreed to resume diplomatic relations ‘with minimal delay’ after a decision by Washington to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara region [File: Debbie Hill/Laudes Martial Mbon/various sources/AFP]While in Jerusalem, Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the official said.
El Al is expected to be the airliner for the first direct flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat that the Kushner team and a delegation led by the Israeli national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat will take, the official said.
In a live interview on Israel’s Army Radio, Transportation Minister Miri Regev was asked about news of the Kushner trip.
“I am so proud that our grandfathers and grandmothers can visit Morocco while still alive. This is peace,” said Regev, who is descended from Moroccan Jewish immigrants to Israel.
Kushner and his team are still holding talks with other countries from the Arab and Muslim world and hope to seal at least one more agreement before Trump leaves office on January 20.
SOURCE : REUTERS