Palestinians label US-led Mideast meeting an ‘American conspiracy’

White House officials set to rally support for Middle East peace plan

Kushner to visit Middle East to garner backing for peace plan

Earlier in the day, Palestinians blasted a US-led conference on the Middle-East set to take place in Warsaw, Poland, next week.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and other administration officials are headed to the Middle East later this month to brief diplomats in at least five countries on the economic section of a United States proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Senior adviser Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, the special representative for worldwide negotiations, will offer up the details to their counterparts during a weeklong trip at the end of the month to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, the senior White House officials said.

The American team will not discuss with their Arab hosts the "political component" of the Trump peace plan, which, according to administration official, "covers all core issues of the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians".

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Kushner, who is United States president Donald Trump's son-in-law, 'will discuss the administration's efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians and also take questions from the audience, ' the official said.

The tour aims to build goodwill and support for a plan that has been widely discredited by the Palestinians, and is seen with skepticism by the global community. Other stops could be added to the trip, according to a White House official.

The State Department has said more than 40 countries will attended the conference in Warsaw from February 12 to 14. The visit will be Kushner's first to the region since the USA announced it will delay the presentation of the peace plan until the end of the Israeli election.

"Jared is going to share elements of the economic plan to the region".

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The Palestinian foreign ministry said the conference is aimed at pushing its participants to adopt American positions.

Release of the Trump peace plan was delayed after Palestinians erupted in anger when Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. Palestinians want the city's eastern part as their future capital.

The Palestinian Authority has castigated the move, declared the U.S. no longer an honest broker in negotiations, and rejected any plan the White House may come out with, with PA President Mahmoud Abbas calling it the "slap of the century".

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