Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed heads to Germany

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictures) during his visit. (File/WAM/AFP)
Updated 12 June 2019
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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed heads to Germany

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed began a two-day official visit to Germany on Tuesday.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohamed will meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two sides will discuss ways of boosting cooperation and friendly relations across various fields.


Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed will also meet with senior German officials along with a number of representatives of German companies.


White House’s Kushner to finalize Palestinian economic plan on Middle East tour -official

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White House’s Kushner to finalize Palestinian economic plan on Middle East tour -official

  • White House senior adviser Kushner will visit Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE

WASHINGTON: White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will lead a US delegation on a tour of the Middle East to finalize details of his proposed $50 billion economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, an administration official said on Sunday.
Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, State Department official Brian Hook and Kushner aide Avi Berkowitz are expected to make make stops in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the official said.
They leave late this month and return to Washington in early August.
The official said the purpose of the trip is to “continue on the momentum that was created at the workshop in Bahrain and finalize the economic portion of the plan.”
They will also discuss the possibility of locating the development fund in Bahrain, the official said.
Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and the plan’s main architect, sought to build support for his ambitious economic proposals for the Palestinian territories at an international meeting in Bahrain in June.
Palestinians poured scorn on the Trump administration’s $50 billion investment plan to help achieve Middle East peace, but US Gulf Arab allies said the economic initiative had promise if a political settlement is reached.
Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week discussed creation of the fund with World Bank President David Malpass, the official said. The World Bank has a role in managing the fund.
The delegation was not expected to discuss Trump’s long-awaited political plan for the Middle East, and when it will be released remains unclear.