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Feb 26 2019

White House advisor Kushner to visit Turkey, meet with Erdoğan

U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner is set to visit Turkey on Wednesday, when he is expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, pro-government NTV reported.

Kushner on Monday began a six-country tour, which includes Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, where is he is expected to roll out Washington's Israel-Palestinian policy, including establishing borders.

The Trump advisor, who is expected present foreign diplomats with part of his long-awaited proposal to bring peace to the Middle East, is accompanied by Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and U.S. envoy on Iran Brian Hook, NTV said.

Turkey was one of the most vocal critics of the U.S. decision in December 2017 to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognising the city as Israel’s capital, for domestic political reasons.

Erdoğan called an extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that month to reject the U.S. decision, and repeated his condemnation of the policy during his visit to the UK shortly thereafter.

Washington has for decades backed a two-state solution, which entails establishing an independent Palestinian state within pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, living side-by-side with Israel.