Saudi crown prince discusses Israeli-Palestinian peace with US officials

August 23, 2017 13:31

The two sides talked about seeking ways to reach "a real and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

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Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves. (photo credit:BANDAR ALGALOUD/COURTESY OF SAUDI ROYAL COURT/REUTERS)

DUBAI- Saudi Arabia's crown prince met senior US officials including presidential adviser Jared Kushner in Jeddah on Tuesday and discussed efforts to bring about peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, Saudi state news agency SPA said.

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

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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, SPA said.

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.

The US delegation would meet regional leaders to discuss a "path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks," a White House official said at the time.

Kushner was charged with helping to broker a deal between Israelis and Palestinians after Trump took office.

The president went to Saudi Arabia and Israel during his first post-inauguration trip abroad and has expressed a personal commitment to reaching a deal that has eluded his Republican and Democratic predecessors.

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