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Kushner heading to Mideast for peace talks

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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, will travel to the Middle East this week to push for a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, according to a White House official.

Israeli media reports said Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for global negotiations, will arrive in the region on Monday, ahead of Kushner.

President Trump has placed Kushner at the center of his efforts to secure a Middle East peace deal.

The Israeli-Palestinian negotiator reportedly will travel to the Middle East ahead of Kushner on Monday.

Kushner, embroiled in an escalating Russian Federation controversy like his father-in-law, is expected to meet Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the White House told The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story.

Last week, the Washington Post reported that Kushner's business dealings are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. He will also meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, according to the official, who requested anonymity to discuss Kushner's plans.

The visit comes one month after Trump's maiden trip to the region, during which he met with Israeli and Palestinian officials and committed to working to bring both sides together in a lasting peace agreement.

Although he acknowledged the fact that this mission will not be easy to deal with, the US president is confident that his administration will finally reach a deal with Israeli and Palestine before his term ends. The two are expected to work to advance direct talks between the parties.

Earlier this month, Trump waived a law that requiring the United States to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Behind-the-scenes conversations have been taking place since the Trump trip, the White House official said.

Settlements are seen as illegal under global law and major stumbling blocks to a solution as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state in a two-state settlement.

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