Saudi crown prince discusses peace with Kushner

Saudi Arabia's crown prince meets U.S. delegation, discusses Israel-PA peace efforts.

Elad Benari ,

Mohammed bin Salman
Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Tuesday met senior U.S. officials, including presidential adviser Jared Kushner, in Jeddah and discussed efforts to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, Reuters reported, citing the Saudi state news agency SPA.

Mohammed bin Salman also discussed ways to combat terrorist financing with Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, as well as U.S. negotiator Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, SPA said.

The two sides talked about seeking ways to reach "a real and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians" and ensuring stability in the wider Middle East and beyond, added the Saudi news agency added.

The White House announced the trip earlier this month, saying it was part of a regional tour including meetings with leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Later this week, Kushner and the members of the delegation are scheduled to arrive in Israel and meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Kushner was charged with helping to broker a deal between Israel and the PA after Trump took office.

Talks between Israel and the PA have been at a standstill since 2014, when the PA unilaterally applied to join international organizations in breach of the conditions of the talks, which were overseen by then-Secretary of State John Kerry.

Israel has agreed to resume talks, but PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas continues to impose preconditions on talks instead of meeting Netanyahu.

Kushner’s peace efforts have received the backing of the Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers, along with the PA official in charge of foreign affairs.