US President Donald Trump and his senior advisor Jared Kushner arrive for a meeting at the White House. Photo:  Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, the architect of Washington’s Middle East peace plan. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The US will host a conference in Bahrain next month focused on the economic implications of President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan for Palestinians.

The workshop co-organized with Manama, running June 25-26, will be attended by government, civil society and business leaders.

“This workshop is a pivotal opportunity… to share ideas, discuss strategies and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement,” the two countries said in a joint statement on Sunday.

The Trump administration is expected to unveil the long-awaited plan – after multiple failures by their predecessors – possibly as early as next month, but the Palestinians have already rejected it as heavily biased in favor of Israel.

Washington has yet to commit to an exact timetable.

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is the chief architect of the proposals.

Kushner said the Manama meeting would be an “opportunity to present our ideas for creating greater economic vibrancy in the region.”

He added, “The Palestinian people, along with all people in the Middle East, deserve a future with dignity and the opportunity to better their lives.

“Economic progress can only be achieved with a solid economic vision and if the core political issues are resolved. We look forward to presenting our vision on ways to bridge the core political issues very soon.”

The American peace plan is expected to feature proposals for regional economic development that would include Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, but the Palestinians have been adamant that it will fail.

– with reporting by AFP

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