Israel, Saudi Arabia, Acknowledge Holding Secret Talks On #Iran

Posted: June 6, 2015 in Politics

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Representatives from Israel and Saudi Arabia have publicly admitted for the first time that they met secretly to discuss their common foe Iran, even though Saudi Arabia does not officially acknowledge Israel’s existence. The admission was made at a symposium held on Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations, a foreign-policy think tank based in Washington, DC.

According to Bloomberg’s Eli Lake, who covered the event, it featured speeches by Saudi General (ret.) Anwar Majed Eshki, and Israeli career diplomat Dore Gold. Eskhi is a former adviser to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Gold is Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, and is currently seen as a strong candidate to lead Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lake notes that Eshki gave his speech in Arabic, Gold gave his in English, and that no questions were taken from the audience.

At least five meetings appear to have taken place between senior Israeli and Saudi officials since early 2014, in secret venues located in Italy, India and the Czech Republic. The main purpose of the clandestine meetings was to discuss what Tel Aviv and Riyadh see as Iran’s increasingly powerful role in Middle Eastern affairs, and to explore ways of stopping Tehran from building nuclear weapons.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating #ISIS.  Kerry has since returned to the states because he broke his leg while cycling in France last Sunday (May 31, 2015). However, Iranian news sites erupted in rumors that Kerry was hurt from an #ISIS assassination attempt.  Kerry has been the lead negotiator in several marathon sessions with Iran going back to 2013 and had participated in six hours of talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif the day before the accident

Breitbart reported that the White House was worried about Iran talks:

When asked by reporters about the accident, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted that nuclear talks with Iran would be affected by the accident, but reassured them that Kerry would still play a prominent role in the process.

Secretary of State John Kerry has cautiously signaled that the United States would be open to cooperating with Iran militarily in Iraq to beat back al Qaida-inspired fighters who pose an “existential” danger to that war-torn country and may look to target Europe and the United States.

Did the Saudi’s and Israeli’s nullify U.S. foreign policy by assassinating or wounding Kerry?

US State Department spokesman John Kirby said the decision to seek treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital was made because the fracture is near the site of Kerry’s prior hip surgery.

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