U.S. President Donald Trump has assigned two top aids to Jerusalem and Ramallah to launch the new round of peace talks, a White House official said on Sunday.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law and husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, a top national security aide will be sent to the Middle East.
According to reports, Greenblatt will arrive in the region on Monday and Kushner on Wednesday.
It follows Trump’s discussions last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The U.S. president told Abbas that he wanted to support him “in being the Palestinian leader who signs his name to the final and the most important peace agreement that brings safety, stability, prosperity to both peoples and to the region”.
“Our strategic and sole option is to achieve the two-state solution, the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital to live side by side in peace, safety and stability together with the state of Israel along 1967 borders,” he said.
Earlier this month, Trump waived a law that requires the U.S. to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that received widespread criticism.