LONDON — Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will hold talks with U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in London on Thursday.
The top White House aide is flying to Britain on Wednesday night on his way back to the U.S. from a tour of the Middle East.
He will be hosted by Raab at a meeting in Westminster, a British official familiar with the talks said.
On the agenda will be Kushner’s attempts over the last few days to broker a show of peace between Israel and other Middle East leaders before the U.S. election, and create a coalition of nations aimed at countering Iranian influence in the region.
Kushner, who has been leading the Trump administration’s attempts to secure a Middle East peace deal, boarded the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to mark the U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two nations.
“While this is a historic flight, we hope that this will start an even more historic journey for the Middle East and beyond,” Kushner told reporters ahead of the trip.
The American delegation for the Middle East visit included National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, outgoing U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, as well as senior National Security Council officials Miguel Correa and Rob Greenway.
Raab has previously welcomed President Donald Trump’s “peace plan” for the Middle East conflict, describing the proposals in January as “serious, reflecting extensive time and effort.”
“Only the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian territories can determine whether these proposals can meet the needs and aspirations of the people they represent,” he said.
“We encourage them to give these plans genuine and fair consideration, and explore whether they might prove a first step on the road back to negotiations.”