(MENAFN) The White House conference on Gaza's ongoing humanitarian crisis did not have the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a participant, according to local media reports.
U.S. media reports said the conference Tuesday had been convened in Washington and attended by representatives of 19 nations, including Israel, Gulf states, and several European countries, however, the Palestinian Authority refused to attend the meeting due to the Donald Trump administration's policy regarding Jerusalem.
The meeting led by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump and his son-in-law, did not allow for "direct discussions" between Israel and the Arab states, according to the unnamed White House officials, cited by the American media reports.
On Dec. 6, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Zionist entity of Israel's capital, in a move that outraged million of people and driven them to wide range of protests.
Jerusalem remains at the heart of the perennial Middle East conflict and the key of every future peace, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.
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