Israel and the United States resumed strategic dialogue after a 3-year hiatus caused by a confidence crisis between the two sides. The talks were held at the State Department in Washington, focusing on the Iranian nuclear threat and on other regional issues that touched upon the interests of both countries. Israel and the US declined to provide any information about the talks themselves. The US delegation was headed by Nicholas Burns, Undersecretary of State for political affairs. Israeli Minister Tzahi Hanegbi and the Directors-General of both Foreign and Defense Ministries headed the Israeli delegation.
The strategic dialogue forum was formed in 2001 and was meant to meet annually and discuss strategic long-term issues that did not get enough attention in the routine course of relations between the two countries. These issues deal mainly with regional threats, shifts in global security issues and long-term planning. However, in 2003 the US put the dialogue on hold and the talks did not take place in the following years.