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

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CIA chief Bill Burns will meet Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and the head of Israel's Mossad spy agency in Warsaw on Monday.

CIA Director Bill Burns,  Reuters/Elizabeth Frantz

CIA chief Bill Burns will meet Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and the head of Israel's Mossad spy agency in Warsaw on Monday to discuss a potential new deal to secure the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, a U.S. official told Reuters.

Earlier, the Axios news website had reported the meeting would take place, citing two U.S. 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.

Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru, Alan Charlish in Warsaw; Editing by Alison Williams and Angus MacSwan

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