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On Tuesday, Ahmad Majdalani, a top aide to Abbas, said the Palestinians asked Kushner for the United States position on two key issues - Israeli settlements and support for Palestinian independence - during his last visit to the region in June.

Jared Kushner has spent eight months as his father-in-law's point person in the Middle East, relying primarily on one envoy, former Trump Organization lawyer Jason Greenblatt, to do the diplomatic heavy lifting in the region.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is part of a delegation that traveled to the Middle East for peace talks, the Trump administration said Tuesday. However, no specific date was announced.

They'll head later to the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the West Bank.

Kushner is expected to visit Israel Wednesday, where the delegation will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They said they would consider it but then they didn't get back to me'.

Kushner was still scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who Trump has praised as a key ally in the fight against terrorism.

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Abbas recently griped that he doesn't understand the Trump administrations policy toward Israel - complaining that the administration won't go public with its support for a two-state solution and a halt to Israeli settlements.

While Ramallah has officially welcomed USA peace efforts, officials have begun to grumble about what they see as a lack of U.S. commitment to a two-state solution or finding a way forward, as well as a bias toward Israel's positions. 'Inside [Trump's] country, there is chaos in the administration, ' he said.

Kushner embarks on his mission at a time when Gulf nations are embroiled in an unprecedented spat and Palestinians are voicing doubts about the White House's ability to broker a deal amid its own turmoil, capped by the recent ousting of chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

Abbas is reportedly working to hold a meeting of the Palestinian National Council, which is the highest legislative body of the PLO and elects the PLO leadership.

'Since then we didn't hear from them, ' he said.

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