Israel and the United Arab Emirates have asked the United States to provide them with security guarantees and to "formulate a security strategy for the Middle East" in the event that a new international nuclear agreement is signed with Iran, the Bloomberg news service reported Monday.
Citing five people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported that Israel and the UAE, which opposed the nuclear agreement when it was signed in 2015, have asked the United States to strengthen their aerial defense systems and to boost intelligence cooperation with them.
According to the report, Israel and the UAE separately approached U.S. officials on the matter but coordinated their requests, which were made following concern over how Iran would use “an oil windfall to channel more funds to armed proxy groups around the Middle East,” as Bloomberg described it.
A source at the State Department said that the United States is committed to protect a Middle East “where its partners are secure from ‘external aggression’ and was working with them to confront threats from Iran,” Bloomberg reported.
A senior Biden administration source said that ongoing discussions are being held regarding the various threats in the region.
Last month, Israeli Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli (Labor Party) said that if Iran and world powers come to agreement on a new nuclear accord, Israel should push for a complementary agreement with the United States that would maintain Israel’s interests vis-à-vis Iran.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said last month that a new agreement along the current lines would harm the ability to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. “Israel will maintain freedom of action in any event, with or without an accord,” the prime minister said.
In a related development, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said on Monday that his country’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, would be visiting Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the current crisis in the nuclear talks.
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The meeting follows Russia’s demand that it be allowed to continue to trade with Iran despite Western sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Iran said on Monday that it expects negotiations on the nuclear accord to resume shortly in Vienna despite Russian demands that they be suspended.
The talks, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said, are on a short recess and not deadlocked. The purpose of the recess is to come to additional understandings, he explained, and the talks are in their “final crucial steps,” which he said are the most difficult in negotiations of this kind.