Israel's Shin Bet Head Meets Egyptian Security Officials in First Working Visit

Ronen Bar, who stepped into office last month, discussed the ongoing situation in the Gaza Strip with his Egyptian counterparts

Yaniv Kubovich
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Ronen Bar, the head of Israel's Shin Ben security service, last month.
Ronen Bar, the head of Israel's Shin Ben security service, last month.Credit: Moti Milrod
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

The head of the Shin Bet security service, Ronen Bar, met Sunday with Egyptian security officials in Egypt, Bar's first working visit since taking office last month.  

Bar and his Egyptian counterparts discussed the ongoing situation in the Gaza Strip. 

Last month, Israel’s cabinet approved the appointment of Ronen Bar as the next director of the Shin Bet security service. He replaced Nadav Argaman, who was in the position for five and a half years.

In September, Bennett met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi in Sinai. According to a political source, the leaders discussed several regional issues, including Iran's aggression in the Middle East and its nuclear threat, Turkey and its role in the war in Libya and the crisis between Egypt and Ethiopia.

They also discussed significantly expanding trade between their two countries, increasing mutual tourism, as well as dealing with "Iranian aggression" and "global terror groups" in the Middle East, the source added.

They also talked about calming tensions in Gaza, as well as preventing Hamas from rearming via tightening supervision over the Rafah border crossing. Furthermore, they also touched on the return of the Israeli civilians and the bodies of two soldiers held captive by Hamas. 

DPA quoted the Egyptian presidency website as saying that "The president affirmed Egypt's support for all efforts to achieve comprehensive peace in the Middle East, based on the two-state solution and on the international resolutions ... which contributes in strengthening security and prosperity for all the peoples of the region."

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