United States: Trump to send envoy to Arab Summit - 26 March 2017

Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs, Mohammad Momani, said Saturday that a U.S. presidential envoy will attend the 28th Arab Summit to be held in Jordan starting on Wednesday.
Momani said in a press conference that a French envoy will attend the summit as well.
He added that contacts are currently being held through the Jordanian embassy in Washington to arrange the meetings that the American envoy will hold during the summit.
Momani noted that the Arab world is interested in holding the Arab Summit in order to convey a message to the world that Muslims are a nation of peace, which seeks to establish a Palestinian state with full sovereignty and which supports the two-state solution.
He further noted that the threat of terrorism and extremism and means to address them will be discussed at the Summit.
Recent reports indicated that Trump is seeking to bring Sunni Arab states, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, into his framework for a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom Trump appointed as Special Envoy to the Middle East, is said to be intrigued by the idea of substituting a regional framework for bilateral negotiations.


JORDAN. March 2016. Portraits of Syrian child refugees.

(1) Aya Bandar, 6, from Hama. “I didn’t want the background and the good light and the framing to be the center of the story,” Muheisen explains. “I wanted it to be the faces of these children. That’s why I made it really tight, so you can see the details, the conflict in their faces.”

(2) Rakan Raslan, 11, from Hama. “I used to go to the school back in Hama,” Raslan says. “I used to have friends there. Our home was destroyed in the war and we had to flee to Jordan.” Rakan says that without an education, his future is in doubt. “The best I can become is a driver.”

(3) Zahra Mahmoud, 5, from Deir el-Zour. About half of the 4.8 million Syrians who fled their homeland are children. Some of the most vulnerable refugee children live in makeshift tent camps. Several of these camps are in Jordan, which has taken in close to 640,000 refugees.

(4) Mayada Hammid, 8, from Hassakah. “I remember nothing from Syria,” Hammid says.

(5) Mohammed Bandar, 12, from Hama. “I want to become a doctor to be able to help people,” Bandar says.

(6) Amna Zughayar, 9, from Deir el-Zour. “I spoke to some of these kids,” Muheisin says, “and they said, ‘Yeah, our home was bombed, my school was bombed, I miss my friends, when are we going back to Syria?’”

Photographs: Muhammed Muheisen/AP