Jared Kushner: President Donald Trump will deliver better future for Palestinians

White House adviser says the Palestinians have no reason not to trust the American leader

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, speaks to reporters as he closes the US-sponsored Middle East economic conference "Peace to Prosperity Workshop" in the Bahraini capital Manama on June 26, 2019.  Economic leaders convened by the United States in Bahrain voiced optimism for major economic growth in the Palestinian territories, whose leaders boycotted the workshop as a bid to impose terms of peace. / AFP / SHAUN TANDON

White House adviser Jared Kushner closed the US-sponsored economic workshop in Bahrain on Wednesday promising that President Donald Trump would help the Palestinians to “achieve a better future”.

But Mr Kushner, also Mr Trump's son-in-law, remained silent on the details of any political portion of the US plan for Middle East peace.

“What you see in this region is that President Trump keeps his word,” he said at a luxury hotel in Manama, pointing to the US embassy shift to Jerusalem, withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the end of the ISIS "caliphate". 

Mr Kushner said the Palestinians, who have cut all ties with the US, had no reason not to trust the American leader, despite the embassy move, and the withdrawal of support to the UN refugee agency for Palestinians and hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem.

“President Trump said he wants to help the Palestinians achieve a better future for themselves and I hope you take it very seriously that he is going to work hard to do that,” Mr Kushner said.

The two-day workshop discussed the potential of a US economic plan entitled Peace to Prosperity, which seeks $50 billion (Dh183.64bn) in investments in the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.

The plan has been widely criticised for not mentioning Israel’s military occupation or the economy of occupied East Jerusalem, home to some of the holiest sites in Islam. 

Panellists on Wednesday told the Trump administration that there could not be an economic agreement before a political deal that solves the decades-long conflict.

"Improving economic conditions and attracting lasting investment to the region depends ultimately on being able to reach a peace agreement," International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said after her appearance at the workshop.