Trump to Open Middle East Peace Drive With Economic Conference

WASHINGTON — The White House announced on Sunday that it would hold an “economic workshop” in Bahrain near the end of June to produce strategies for developing the Palestinian communities and other parts of the Arab world as part of President Trump’s Middle East peace plan.

“This workshop is a pivotal opportunity to convene government, civil society and business leaders to share ideas, discuss strategies and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement,” the White House said in a statement.

The conference, to be held in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on June 25 and 26, would effectively open the first stage of Mr. Trump’s peace plan, which has been developed by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, another top adviser. The administration hopes to focus first on economic opportunity before disclosing its proposals for political changes.

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