Jake Sullivan, US National Security advisor. FILE PHOTO

Jake Sullivan, US National Security advisor traveling to Israel.

US National Security Chief To Visit Israel, Discuss Iran

12/21/2021

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan is scheduled to visit Israel and the West Bank this week to consult on Iran as well as a wide range of other issues.

According to the White House on Monday, Sullivan will meet with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett while in Israel and is also going to visit Ramallah for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Deputy Assistant to President Joe Biden and Middle East and North Africa Coordinator Brett McGurk and the State Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert will accompany Sullivan in his trip.

According to the statement by the White House, Sullivan will also co-chair the fourth Strategic Consultative Group (SCG) with his Israeli counterpart Eyal Hulata, covering a year of extraordinary engagement between their inter-agencies on a range of national security matters.

While the talks between Iran and world powers aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have adjourned after making no progress, Sullivan will reaffirm the US commitment to Israel’s security and “consult on a range of issues, including the threat posed by Iran”.

In Ramallah, Sullivan plans to discuss the ongoing efforts to strengthen US-Palestinian ties and advance peace and security for Palestinians and Israelis alike, read the statement.

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