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Kushner, O’Brien to travel on first Israel-to-UAE flight

President Donald Trump looks at Jared Kushner (C) and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R) during a meeting with leaders of Israel and UAE announcing a peace agreement to establish diplomatic ties with Israel and the UAE, in the Oval Office of the White House on August 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. In a joint statement between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed said the countries "agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates." (Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and national security adviser Robert O’Brien will travel from Israel to the United Arab Emirates next week on the first commercial flight between the two countries, according to a senior White House official.

Brian Hook, Trump’s special representative on Iran, and Mideast envoy Avi Berkowitz will also be part of the U.S. delegation aboard the symbolic flight to Abu Dhabi. The Trump administration brokered a deal to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE earlier this month.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that his top national security aide, Meir Ben-Shabbat, would lead Israel’s delegation aboard the flight. Netanyahu said officials would engage in talks “to advance the peace and normalization” with the UAE.

The discussions will focus on tourism, trade, energy, health and security, Netanyahu said in a statement. Other Israeli officials also plan to participate.

CNN and The Associated Press earlier reported the planned flight and its Trump administration passengers.


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