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Israel attending US-hosted Middle East economic conference

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Israel will send a delegation to a U.S.-led economic meeting focused on the Palestinian economy as part of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan. 

“As I told reporters after the @Jerusalem_Post Convention in NYC, Israel will be represented at Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on,” tweeted Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz. 

He said that Israel will have the ability to contribute to development through technology and innovation.  

A source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that Israel will send a business delegation rather than government personnel to the conference later this month. 

Palestinian leadership said they will not attend. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut off negotiations with the U.S. after the U.S. moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in 2017. 

Other countries attending the summit reportedly include Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. 

The White House announced the meeting, dubbed “Peace to Prosperity,” last month. It will be held on June 25 and June 26 and will focus on creating a prosperous future for the Palestinian people, officials said.

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