Egypt Attending Bahrain Conference to ‘Evaluate’ It

Monday, 24 June, 2019 - 12:00
Asharq Al-Awsat

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Monday that his country will take part in the upcoming Bahrain conference on Palestinian economic development to “evaluate” the United States’ “Peace to Prosperity” plan.

“It is important for Egypt to participate to listen to this proposition and evaluate it...but not in terms of approving it,” he said in a televised interview with Russia Today.

“We have the right to evaluate it, view it and develop a vision about it, but the final decision about it goes back to the main stakeholder - the Palestinian Authority.”

The June 25-26 conference in the Bahraini capital Manama will discuss a US-led economic vision to be presented by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, part of a wider plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

But the lack of a political solution, which Washington has said would be unveiled later has prompted rejection from Palestinians and skepticism from Arab countries.

The economy-first approach toward reviving the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in which Palestinians are seeking an independent state, has prompted a Palestinian boycott of the conference.

The Palestinian Authority said Kushner's "abstract promises" were an attempt to bribe Palestinians into accepting Israeli occupation.

The plan includes 179 infrastructure and business projects. More than half of $50 billion would be spent in the economically troubled Palestinian territories over 10 years while the rest would be split between Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.

Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will take part in the Bahrain gathering along with officials from Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

The White House has not invited the Israeli government to Bahrain.

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