DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The pinnacle of Israel’s Mossad intelligence company visited Bahrain for talks with officers on Thursday, the Bahrain state-run information company reported.
The journey got here amid heightened tensions within the area over Iran and adopted Israel’s current deal to normalize relations with the island kingdom.
The temporary assertion carried by the information company mentioned solely that Yossi Cohen met with Bahrain’s heads of nationwide intelligence and strategic safety to debate “essentially the most outstanding safety subjects, regional developments and problems with frequent curiosity.” It didn’t elaborate.
The 2 international locations opened diplomatic ties final fall in a U.S.-brokered deal underneath the Trump administration and following the United Arab Emirates’ resolution to normalize relations. The pacts, rejected by the Palestinians as a betrayal of their trigger for statehood, signaled an more and more express alliance between Gulf Arab states and Israel towards mutual archenemy Iran.
Oblique talks between the U.S. and Iran over a return to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear take care of world powers, which former President Donald Trump deserted, at the moment are gaining traction in Vienna.
Israel and Gulf Arab sheikhdoms beforehand have voiced concern over a beneficiant American rapprochement with Iran that does not handle the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program and help for regional proxies, along with its nuclear program.