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US, Israeli and UAE officials meet secretly for Iran

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — According to a US news website, senior officials from the US, Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a “secret” meeting at the White House in December to discuss Iran.

Quoting unnamed Israeli and US officials, the Axios news website reported that the December 17 meeting dealt with coordination against Iran and “discussing a non-aggression pact between the UAE and Israel”.

According to the report, the US team included national security adviser Robert O’Brien, his deputy, Victoria Coates, and US special envoy to Iran Brian Hook.

Israeli Prime Minister Meir Ben-Shabbat adviser, as well as US security adviser and US ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba, were also present at the meeting.

Axios said Otaiba is a “very close adviser” to UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

Otaiba was also present when US President Donald Trump last week presented the unilateral Israeli-Palestinian plan at the White House along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The report says Netanyahu has worked hard to strengthen a clandestine alliance with the UAE against Tehran, adding that the move happened at a US-led conference in Warsaw, Poland.

The February 2019 conference was aimed at isolating Iran in the Middle East, and according to the report, the Trump administration decided to set up a tripartite forum after the conference.

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