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Jerusalem - 30 May 2019
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1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcoming Jared Kushner, son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, followed by US Envoy for the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt and others
2. Kushner and Netanyahu posing for photo as Greenblatt joins in
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel:
"It's always a great pleasure to welcome Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt to Israel, to Jerusalem to discuss our common efforts for prosperity, security and peace. I have to say that I'm tremendously encouraged by everything that I hear about how the United States under President Trump is working to bring allies together in this region against common challenges but also to seize common opportunities. And even though we had a little event last night, that's not going to stop us. We're going to continue working together. We had a great productive meeting which reaffirms that the alliance between the United States and America has never been stronger and it's going to get even stronger."
US President Donald Trump's top Mideast advisers, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the Trump administration's long-awaited plan for Mideast peace.
The meeting came just hours after Israel was thrust into the political tumult of an unprecedented second election in the same year.
Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, and US special envoy Greenblatt stopped in Jerusalem as part of a Middle East tour to rally support for next month's economic conference in Bahrain, which the White House bills as the first portion of its peace plan.
Netanyahu played down concerns that the Israeli parliament's dramatic dissolution Thursday would further postpone the US peace plan rollout.
"You know, we had a little event last night. That's not going to stop us," he said.
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