Kuwaiti ambassador says he is 'optimistic' about Mideast peace plan

The Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S., Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, said in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Rising" that he was optimistic the Trump administration will come forward with more proposals for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

"The Palestinian issue is a very, very serious issue that needs to be solved in the Middle East. I'm not saying that all problems in the Middle East emanate from that, but I think if you can find a just solution for the Palestinian issue, I think that will radiate around the region, and we can get a lot of peaceful, good stuff going in the Middle East," the ambassador told Hill.TV's John Solomon on Tuesday. 

"We're very optimistic that maybe the Trump administration will come forward with some good ideas and just ideas, I mean the ideas have to be fair and just to resolve this 70 year-old problem," he continued. 

The ambassador's comments come after Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said on Tuesday that the U.S. expects to release its Mideast peace plan in early 2019. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump: 'Good chance' Dems give immigration 'win' after Pelosi called White House plan 'dead on arrival' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration Trump's immigration push faces Capitol Hill buzzsaw MORE, along with the administration's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, are among those drafting the plan. 

Trump expressed a desire for reaching a peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians on the 2016 campaign trail, calling it the “ultimate deal.”

But Palestinians have criticized many of the president's policies such as moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

"We've heard of the deal of the century, but honestly we haven't seen anything of that deal. I can understand that the administration wants to keep its cards close to its chest, but I hope in the not distant future we'll be able to get to understand what's in that deal," the ambassador said. 

— Julia Manchester