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US, Israeli defense chiefs discuss Iran, Ukraine war in Washington

Lloyd Austin 'reiterated the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security,' says Pentagon

Servet Günerigök   | 19.05.2022
US, Israeli defense chiefs discuss Iran, Ukraine war in Washington FILE PHOTO

WASHINGTON

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed a range of issues Thursday with his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz, including Iran, the war in Ukraine and tensions between Israel and Palestine.

"The Secretary reiterated the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security and to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge," the Pentagon said in a statement about the meeting in Washington.

"The two leaders discussed the Administration’s commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and addressing Iran’s destabilizing actions throughout the region. Secretary Austin also emphasized the Department’s focus on working closely with Allies and partners to help Ukraine defend itself in the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjust aggression," it said.

Austin praised Gantz for "Israel’s deepening relationships with countries across the region and the increasing opportunities for military-to-military cooperation enabled by Israel’s transition into the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility," it added.

The two defense chiefs also discussed tensions between Israel and Palestine. Austin "underscored the importance of de-escalating tensions and protecting civilians in Jerusalem and the West Bank," said the statement.

"Secretary Austin also reiterated the Administration’s support for a two-state solution that provides dignity and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike," it added.




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