Trump will send envoys to Middle East to discuss peace

Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner speaks outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington U.S

Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner speaks outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington U.S

Therefore, after various meetings among Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, National Security Advisor LTG H.R. McMaster, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the President will soon be sending Mr. Kushner, Mr. Greenblatt and Ms. Powell to the region to continue discussions with regional partners about how best to support the peace effort.

The official said the president recognizes peace between Israelis and Palestinians can ultimately only be negotiated directly between Israelis and Palestinians, and the USA will continue to working with those parties towards that end.

Greenblatt tweeted shortly following the White House announcement confirming the visit saying that he looked forward to returning to the Middle East, adding that the President is "optimistic".

To explore that opportunity, it said departing "soon" for the region will be Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner; his envoy for worldwide negotiations Jason Greenblatt; and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.

Trump also requested that the upcoming trip focuses on topics such as the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the economic steps that can be taken both now and after a peace deal is signed to ensure security, stability and prosperity for the region, and to combating extremism and easing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Kushner's policy portfolio has expanded in recent months. Kushner, who is married to Mr. Trump's daughter and assistant to the president Ivanka Trump, has kept a lower profile since his name cropped up in the federal investigation into Russian election meddling, but continues to be closely involved in Mr. Trump's administration.

In the past, Mr. Trump has described resolving decades of conflict in the Middle East as, "frankly maybe not as hard as people have thought", and said the only thing tougher than Middle East peace is reaching a health care deal in Congress.

Mr. Trump is now at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on a 17-day working vacation.