The Israeli government has cancelled Mossad chief David Barnea’s planned trip to Qatar for the resumption of talks on a possible second hostage release deal, an informed source said on Thursday.

The 58-year-old, who became the Director of Israel’s foreign intelligence service on June 2021, will not travel to Doha, where talks on the release of hostages held by Hamas militants in Gaza had taken place earlier.

Israel’s Channel 13 first reported on Wednesday that the country’s war cabinet, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had called off the trip.