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Jared Kushner opens Bahrain economic workshop : ‘Turn region from conflict to commerce’

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Ahead of the Manama workshop, which concludes on Wednesday, the Trump administration released a 40-page document on Saturday detailing a $50 billion, 10-year investment plan for the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner said on Tuesday that while a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is necessary, economic conditions are crucial to solve the seven-decade long issue, remarking “today is not about the political issues. We will get to those at the right time.”

“What we have developed is the most comprehensive economic plan ever created specifically for the Palestinians and the broader Middle East,” he said at the “Peace to Prosperity Workshop” in Bahrain, the first part of the Trump administration’s Mideast peace proposal. “We can turn this region from a victim of past conflicts into a model for commerce and advancement throughout the world.”

“The Peace to Prosperity vision is a modern framework for a brighter and more prosperous future,” Kushner said.

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Kushner had a message for the Palestinian people: “Despite what those who have let you down in the past say, President [Donald] Trump and America have not given up on you. This workshop is for you.”

Ahead of the workshop, which concludes on Wednesday, the Trump administration released a 40-page document on Saturday detailing a $50 billion, 10-year investment plan for the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

A number of regional and international billionaires are attending the conference, and reportedly so are about a dozen Palestinian businessmen.

The Palestinian Authority is boycotting the conference.

The Trump administration did not invite Israeli officials, though Israeli businessmen are on hand, according to reports.

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