Biden's National Security Advisor to Visit Israel and the West Bank.


Biden's National Security Advisor to Visit Israel and the West Bank.

During the meeting, Sullivan will reaffirm to Israeli Prime Minister Bennett the "United States commitment to the security" of his country.

Jake Sullivan, US President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor, will travel to Israel and the West Bank this week to address a number of strategic issues, including Iran.

This was announced this Monday in a statement by the spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, Emily Horne, who indicated that Sullivan would meet with the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, and senior officials of his Government.

During the meeting, Sullivan will reaffirm to Bennett the "commitment of the United States to the security of Israel."

In addition, they will address a "number of issues of strategic importance to the bilateral relationship," including the "threat posed by Iran," the note added.

A senior Biden Administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Monday in a call with journalists that at that meeting they will also discuss the "status of the Iranian nuclear program and some of the deadlines," as well as the status of the talks in Vienna to recover the 2015 nuclear deal.

The Vienna negotiations between Iran and Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, and the United States were resumed with a new Iranian team, on November 29, after a five-month pause for the presidential elections in Iran.

On Saturday, the Iranian chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagherí Kaní, said that his country did not stop the negotiations to recover the agreement, as pointed out by the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

In this context, he indicated that they had agreed from the beginning that they would have "a break after reaching the draft agreement."

Sullivan will also co-chair the fourth meeting of the strategic advisory council between the two countries in Israel.

In addition, according to Horne, he will travel to Ramallah to meet with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to discuss efforts aimed at "further strengthening ties between the United States and Palestine promoting peace and security for Palestinians and Israelis alike."