Israel’s biggest-selling daily newspaper claimed on Monday that President Barak Obama sent a “personal emissary” to a series of secret meetings in recent months with Iranian officials.
The Times of Israeli reported from another daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, that the emissary is Obama’s special adviser Valerie Jarrett.
The newspaper described Jarret, 55, as “a key figure in secret contacts the White House is conducting with the Iranian regime.”
The “secret negotiations” led by a personal representative of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were initiated by Jarrett and “have been directed personally by her,” according to unnamed Israeli sources quoted by Yedioth Ahronoth.
“Jarrett served as the personal and direct emissary of the president to secret meetings with the Iranians, which are understood to have taken place in one of the Gulf principalities, probably the Kingdom of Bahrain,” the sources added.
Another daily, Maariv Israeli reported last week that Obama began “a process ultimately designed to reestablish full U.S. diplomatic relations with Iran, including a reopening of embassies, soon after he took office.”
According to Maariv, the initiative intended to reach a settlement with Tehran over suspending its nuclear program.