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USA/GCC – Jared Kushner takes on Qatar blockade in Middle East ‘swan song’ (Joseph Stepansky, Al Jazeera)

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to United States President Donald Trump, has travelled to the Gulf in the waning days of the Trump administration to seek final, longshot victories in US Middle East policy – including ending a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, analysts have told Al Jazeera.

Kushner, who reportedly arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, is likely attempting late-stage achievements in the administration’s Middle East policy that has been defined by advancing Israeli interests and applying maximum pressure against Iran, observers said.