Kushner arrives at the venue hosting the US-led workshop in Manama [Matt Spetalnick/Reuters]

White House adviser Jared Kushner has branded the United States’ plan for the Middle East “the opportunity of the century” for the Palestinians, but said their acceptance was a pre-condition to peace.

His comments on Tuesday came as he began promoting the US government’s economic blueprint for investment in the region during a workshop in Bahrain, billed as the first part of Washington’s broader plan to resolve decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The two-day event in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, has been boycotted by the Palestinian Authority, which has rejected it as an ill-fated attempt to “liquidate the Palestinian cause”. The US did not invite Israeli government representatives, but several officials from regional countries are in attendance.


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