Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to attend U.S. peace plan conference in Bahrain

Jared Kushner (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo in 2017. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Egypt and Morocco have informed the White House they will attend the conference in Bahrain at which the Trump administration will launch the economic portion of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, U.S. official tells me. This comes after King Abdullah II announced Jordan would also attend.

Why it matters: This is a big achievement for the White House peace team, led by Jared Kushner. The White House has been asking Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to announce their participation for several weeks now but they all stalled due to pressure from the Palestinians, who are boycotting the conference. The Palestinian lobbying efforts appear to have failed.

Report: At least 60 pro-democracy protestors killed in Sudan

In this image, protestors walk down a street near a car.
Sudanese protesters during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan on June 3, 2019 Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At least 60 pro-democracy protestors have been killed this week by paramilitary forces in Sudan, according to civil society groups, the Guardian reports.

The backdrop: Protests that began late last year and toppled longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir in April continued after a Transitional Military Council (TMC) said it planned to rule for three years until elections could be held. When demonstrators refused to leave the streets, the crackdown began. Now, TMC leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan says all agreements with the opposition have been cancelled.