Senior Israeli official confirms Mossad chief agreed to new round of hostage talks in Paris meeting over weekend

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Mossad chief David Barnea at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, May 12, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Mossad chief David Barnea at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, May 12, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Mossad Chief David Barnea met with the CIA director and Qatari prime minister in Paris over the weekend to discuss building a new framework in order to revive negotiations with Hamas to release the remaining 121 hostages that the terror group is holding in Gaza, a senior Israeli official tells The Times of Israel.

The Mossad chief, CIA Chief Bill Burns and Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani agreed to launch a new round of talks in the coming days based on new proposals crafted by Qatar and Egypt with US involvement, the official says.

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