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In Washington, Israeli defense minister reiterates warnings on Iran

The Iranian nuclear program and its support of regional and global terror were the focus of the meeting in Washington May 19 between Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (R) and Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz (L) stand at attention during the playing of the Israeli national anthem at an arrival ceremony at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, June 3, 2021.

On a work visit to the United States, Defense Minister Benny Gantz met May 19 in Washington with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Gantz's delegation also included Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog, Director of the Defense Ministry Political-Military Bureau Dror Shalom and the minister’s Military Secretary Yaki Dolf.

After the meeting, Gantz tweeted, "I just met with my friend Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for a discussion that built on our ongoing work to deepen the unparalleled defense cooperation between the United States and Israel. We touched on ways to promote dialogue and partnership for a more secure and prosperous Middle East region. I emphasized the importance of acting decisively against Iran’s regional aggression and strengthening our regional coalition under US leadership. I told Secretary Austin that Israel supports Ukraine by providing humanitarian aid and non-offensive equipment, while maintaining a policy in line with operational considerations and ensuring regional stability."

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