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 TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHillicon Valley: Google bans Zoom from its work computers | Dem cautions White House against using surveillance to fight virus | Lawmakers push House leaders on remote voting Senate Democrat presses White House on reported coronavirus surveillance system efforts Trump shakes up White House communications team 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