Trump Advisers Kushner, Greenblatt to Attend Mideast Conference in Warsaw

The participation of the two means there could be some discussions about the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a bill signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, December 21, 2018.
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WASHINGTON – Two of U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior advisers on the Middle East will attend the upcoming international summit in Poland aimed at promoting peace and stability in the Middle East alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior representatives from Arab countries. 

Jared Kushner, the Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, the president's special envoy to the Middle East, will participate in the discussions in Warsaw in two weeks, which will focus on pushing back against Iran’s influence and restoring stability to the region.

The participation of Kushner and Greenblatt at the event means that there could also be some discussions about the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan, a project the two advisers have been working on for the past year and a half. The plan is supposed to be released at some point after the Israeli election in April, although no clear date has been set. Some countries in the region are skeptical that it will be published, after there have been reports anticipating its release ever since last summer.

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The United States said earlier in January that the conference in Warsaw is not aimed at demonizing Iran, which has denounced the gathering as America’s anti-Iran “circus.”

U.S. deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council that the conference on February 13-14 is also not aimed at discussing the merits of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA, which Trump withdrew from in 2018.

Cohen’s comments followed complaints from Iran directed at Poland for co-hosting the conference and a tweet by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denouncing it as a U.S. anti-Iran “circus.” Poland’s foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz said that Iran wasn’t invited and Russia would not attend