JERUSALEM, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly met Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman to discuss the risk of Syria's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants, Israeli media reports said on Wednesday.
Two TV stations and Israeli news sites quoted unnamed Israeli officials confirming a report in the London-based Arabic language daily, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, that such a summit had been held. Netanyahu's spokesmen have declined to comment on the reports.
As Syria's southern neighbour, Israel has been concerned about the risk of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants or Lebanese Hezbollah fighters as an uprising against him convulses a country thought to possess a formidable chemical arsenal.
Israel has warned it could intervene if it felt there was a real risk of such a scenario unfolding.
Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994 and meetings between their leaders are not unusual and are often announced by both sides.
Israel's Channel 2 said the latest talks included a "very long discussion" about "cooperation with Jordan with regard to the fate of Syria's chemical weapons". It did not elaborate.
Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday dismissed reports that Syrian government forces had fired chemical agents at rebels fighting to topple Assad's government.
"As things stand now, we do not have any confirmation or proof that (chemical weapons) have already been used, but we are definitely following events with concern," Yaalon said on Israel's Army Radio.
World War I
Chlorine and phosgene gases were released on the battlefield. The first large scale attack with chlorine gas took place at Ieper in Belgium on April 22nd, 1915. <em>Captions: In the defense of a Belgian Village near the French frontier Belgian infantrymen attempt to block the German advance in Belgium, during World War I. Undated photo. (AP Photo)</em>
World War I
Ninety thousand people were killed and over a million injured as a result of the use of chemical weapons in the war. <em>Caption: This is a 1918 photo of U.S. Marines responding to a gas attack near Verdun, France during World War I. (AP Photo)</em>
Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran in their 8-year war. <em>Caption: Armed Iraqi on Khorramchahr's front. (Photo by Francoise De Mulder/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)</em>
Iraq also used chemical weapons against Kurdish Iraqis in Halabja in 1988. <em>Caption: This 1988 file photo shows victims, including a small child, of an Iraqi attack on Kurds in the town of Halabja, Iraq. In the deadliest chemical weapons attack against civilians, Saddam Hussein's regime unleashed poison gas in the northern Iraq town, killing up to 5,000 people. (AP Photo)</em>
U.S. military used white phosphorus in Fallujah, Iraq. Use of white phosphorus is not banned but its use is restricted under an international agreement the U.S. has never accepted. <em>Caption: This December 2004 photo provided by Garrett Anderson shows U.S. Marines, from left, Nathaniel Coburn and Matthew Ranbarger during house clearing operations in Fallujah, Iraq. (AP Photo/Garrett Anderson)</em>