Israel, Saudi Arabia admit secret Iran talks

Israel and Saudi Arabia admit they have had several secret meetings over the perceived dangers of Iranian authority in the region

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Israel and Saudi Arabia, while traditional enemies, have apparently cooperated to discuss “the common threat” Iran has imposed onto the region, via several meetings held throughout 2014.

The secretive meetings were announced for the first time on Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, according to Bloomberg.

The historic foes also discussed ways to thwart the threat ISIS.

The five bilateral meetings over the last 17 months occurred in India, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Israeli politician Dore Gold and Anwar Majed Eshki, a retired Saudi general and former adviser to Prince Bandar bin Sultan and the former Saudi ambassador to the US, both addressed the Washington think-tank event, Bloomberg reported.

Dore Gold is slotted to be the next director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

"Our standing today on this stage does not mean we have resolved all the differences that our countries have shared over the years," Gold said, adding "But our hope is we will be able to address them fully in the years ahead."

Shimon Shapira, a retired Israeli general and an expert on the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah, was quoted as saying, "We discovered we have the same problems and same challenges and some of the same answers."

TRTWorld and agencies