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Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held several secret meetings to discuss ways to confront Iran. This writes The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed us officials.
According to the newspaper, the talks were coordinated U.S. special envoy on Iran and a senior Advisor to Secretary Mike Pompeo for political Affairs Brian Hook. In total there were two such meetings: one at the beginning of 2019, the second — “a little later” (exact dates and location are not disclosed).
The sides “exchanged information and coordinated efforts to combat the growing threat from Iran,” the article reads. It is noted that it was not just symbolic gestures of the parties: the meeting should deepen diplomatic, military and intelligence ties between Israel and the UAE.
Source The Wall Street Journal noted that these efforts helped to prevent and neutralize numerous threats from Iran. Among them were terrorist acts, illegal arms trafficking, and cyber operations.
Israel has no diplomatic relations with the UAE. The UAE, like most Arab countries refuse to recognize the Jewish state for its policies against the Palestinians. However, in recent years the country converged on the grounds of concern over the actions of Iran.
In July, the magazine The National Interest wrote that Americans should review the methods in the control of Iran. In particular, it was proposed to give more powers to the allies in the region, creating so-called “middle East NATO”. It should include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the UAE.
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