The Trump administration will send two senior officials to the Middle East this week in an attempt to build on the momentum of the agreement signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish diplomatic ties.
According to diplomats, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner plan to make separate visits to several countries in the region in the coming days to promote an Arab-Israeli rapprochement like that between Israel and the Emirates.
“Pompeo should leave Sunday for Israel, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Sudan”, continue the diplomats on condition of anonymity, specifying that “the route has not yet been finalized or publicly announced”.
For his part, Jared Kushner plans to visit Israel, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Morocco later in the week, diplomats said.
In May 2019, to promote the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan, dubbed the “Deal of the Century”, Jared Kushner traveled to Morocco to meet with King Mohammed VI before heading to Amman and Jerusalem.
In the kingdom, Trump’s son-in-law spoke to the ruler about “strengthening partnerships between Morocco and the United States.” They also discussed the evolution of the regional situation, in particular North Africa and the Middle East, according to an official statement. Kushner had also taken advantage of his presence in Morocco to visit the tomb of Rabbi Haim Pinto Hakatane in Casablanca.
Seven months later, in December, Mike Pompeo visited Morocco. Before and during his visit, American and Israeli media reported that the United States would try to push the kingdom to re-establish diplomatic ties with Israel.
Moreover, on the eve of his visit, during which the US foreign minister did not meet King Mohammed VI as planned, Mike Pompeo had met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Portugal.