Trump’s advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is expected this week in Morocco. The top US administration official will travel to the Kingdom as part of a tour that will also take him to Jordan and Israel, the White House announced on Tuesday.
According to CNN, this tour comes just a month before the announcement of the economic component of the long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
And, according to sources in the White House, Kushner and his team will highlight the economic component of the peace plan, which involves a multi-billion dollar investment in the region to boost the Palestinian and surrounding economies if a peace agreement is concluded.
However, US officials do not plan to share details of the political part of the plan during the tour, said an official of the administration, but they will listen to the comments of foreign officials on these thorny issues.
Trump administration officials gave no details on the political part of the plan, which Kushner called “an in-depth operational document,” and which Trump sees as the “Deal of the Century.” US officials hope to engage the interest of all parties by focusing on the potential economic benefits of their peace plan before tackling the most controversial issues such as the Palestinian state and the status of Jerusalem. The date of publication of the plan remains uncertain. It could be announced this summer.
Why the choice of Morocco and Jordan?
Morocco is an important milestone for Kushner, as King Mohammed VI heads a committee created by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Bayt Mal Al Qods, which seeks to protect and promote Jerusalem as a religious center, architectural and cultural, says CNN.
And to recall that earlier this year, Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI signed a joint declaration stating that Jerusalem was “a symbol of peaceful coexistence” for Christians, Jews and Muslims. As a result, the support of the king would create positive symbolism.
Jordan, where more than half of the population is of Palestinian origin, is also a major stop on the Kushner tour.