US national security adviser Jake Sullivan reached out to Mossad chief Meir Ben-Shabbat on Monday.
According to Axios, the call between Sullivan and Ben-Shabbat was mostly symbolic, to “kick off the dialogue”. This is the first official contact reported between the newly-inaugurated Biden administration and the Israeli prime minister’s office.
“The two agreed to soon discuss many topics on the agenda, including the Iranian issue, regional matters, and advancing the Abraham Accords,” a statement by the office of the Israeli prime minister.
Israeli media reports that Ben-Shabbat was set to travel to the United States next month to outline his country’s demands from Iran if the 2015 nuclear agreement is re-joined by the Biden administration.
Iran wants the JCPOA to survive and expects the new US administration to make efforts toward rebuilding trust by resuming the implementation of the abandoned commitments under the deal.
The Trump administration abandoned the multilateral accord in 2018, reinstating sanctions on Iran as part of a maximum pressure campaign. Iran responded by gradually abandoning its own commitments under the deal, specifically with regard to uranium enrichment levels and provision of access to the International Atomic Energy Agency.