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Kushner: Agreement on economic pathway precondition for Mideast peace

MANAMA, June 25 (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that prosperity for the Palestinians is not possible without a fair political solution but that agreement on an economic pathway forward was a necessary precondition for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Kushner was speaking at the opening of a workshop in Bahrain to showcase the economic portion of Washington's long-awaited Arab-Israeli peace plan, a $50 billion (37.24 billion pounds) development blueprint unveiled this week that has faced sharp criticism from Palestinians and Arabs across the region.

Kushner, the son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, said the political component of the plan would not be discussed at the event. (Reporting by Matt Spetalnick in Manama, Aziz El Yaakoubi and Nafisa Eltahir in Dubai; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Catherine Evans)