Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, two of the Trump administration’s point men on negotiating a Middle East peace plan, met with King Abdullah of Jordan.

Kushner, a senior White House adviser, and Greenblatt, the Middle East peace envoy, met with the king on Tuesday in Amman. A day earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to the Jordanian capital to meet with Abdullah.

Kushner, who is Jewish and the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, and Greenblatt discussed with the king “increasing cooperation between the United States and Jordan, regional issues, the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to facilitate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” according to a White House readout of the meeting.

The meeting comes after reports last week that Kushner and Greenblatt would visit the region’s capitals in order to hone the Middle East peace plan they have been working on but has not been made public. They reportedly also will visit Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the coming days.

Netanyahu’s office on Monday said that the prime minister had traveled to Amman to meet with Abdullah and that the two leaders discussed “regional developments, advancing the peace process and bilateral relations.” The announcement also said that Netanyahu “reiterated Israel’s commitment to maintaining the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem,” as he does at each meeting with Abdullah.

The last public meeting between Netanyahu and Abdullah took place in November 2014, according to Haaretz.

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