WASHINGTON – U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Tuesday reaffirmed the Biden administration's "unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and to ensuring that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon" in a virtual meeting of a U.S.-Israel strategic consulting group, the White House said.
This meeting was held as part of ongoing bilateral consultations on security issues of vital importance to the two countries. During the meeting, officials consulted in detail on opportunities to promote stability and security in the face of shared regional threats and challenges.
Mr. Sullivan reaffirmed the Biden-Harris administration’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and to ensuring that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon. The officials expressed their shared interest in maintaining a close and open dialogue in the months ahead. Mr. Sullivan warmly invited his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, to visit Washington before the end of this month for follow-up consultations.
On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin landed in Israel in a first U.S. official visit since President Joe Biden took office in January.
Against the backdrop of rising tensions between Israel and Iran, Austin said that the Biden administration would continue to ensure Israel's "qualitative military edge" in the Middle East as part of a "strong commitment to Israel and the Israeli people."
On Tuesday, an Israeli-owned ship was attacked near Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, this incident marks the third attack against Israeli maritime vessels in the last two months.
After the attack, Israeli security officials have expressed concern over a recent series of reports attributing a number of attacks on Iranian targets to Israel. Some have expressed suspicion that there are political officials who want to exploit tensions with Iran for personal needs and competition for prestige among different security agencies.