| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

CIA chief expected to meet Israeli, Qatari officials for hostage deal talks

According to a US official speaking to Reuters, CIA chief Bill Burns is scheduled to meet with Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and the director of Israel’s Mossad spy agency in Warsaw on Monday. The purpose of the meeting is to explore the possibility of a new agreement aimed at securing the release of Israeli hostages in Gaza.
Earlier, the Axios news website had reported the meeting would take place, citing two US and Israeli officials.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to confirm on Saturday that new negotiations were under way to recover hostages held by Hamas after a source said Israel’s intelligence chief met the prime minister of Qatar, a country mediating in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A source with knowledge of the matter said that Mossad head David Barnea met Al Thani in Europe late on Friday.



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