Readout – Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Team on Middle East Peace

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome met today in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his senior advisors. The two sides had a productive meeting and reaffirmed their commitment to advancing President Trump's goal of a genuine and lasting peace between Israelis and the Palestinians that enhances stability in the region. Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt discussed with President Abbas the Palestinians' priorities and potential next steps, acknowledging the need for economic opportunities for Palestinians and major investments in the Palestinian economy. The two sides underscored that forging peace will take time and the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking. Kushner and Greenblatt plan to return to Washington, D.C. to brief President Trump, Secretary Tillerson and General McMaster and continue the conversation about next steps.