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Jared Kushner Founds Abraham Accords Institute

(Barak Ravid/axios.com) Jared Kushner is founding an organization called the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace, to work on deepening the normalization agreements he helped strike between Israel and Arab countries. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization will have a five-year mandate and be funded through private donations.

According to a statement, it will focus on increasing trade and tourism between the five signatory countries—Israel, Bahrain, the UAE, Morocco and Sudan—and developing programs to foster people-to-people connections between the countries.

Kushner is founding the institute with former White House envoy Avi Berkowitz, who helped negotiate the agreements; Israeli-American businessman and Democratic donor Haim Saban; and three heavy hitters from the region: the Emirati and Bahraini ambassadors to Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba and Abdulla R. Al-Khalifa, and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

The Biden administration has said it wants to build on the accords and potentially add other countries.

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