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Release No: 016-13
January 09, 2013

Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

            “Secretary Panetta met with Israel Minister of Defense Ehud Barak today and reiterated the strong U.S. commitment to Israel’s security and the strong U.S.-Israel defense relationship.  The secretary commended Minister Barak on his tireless efforts in advancing the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship.  The secretary and Barak discussed a range of issues and expressed their commitment to ensuring continued cooperation on many important regional issues -- particularly Syria, Iran, and Gaza.  Secretary Panetta thanked Minister Barak for his friendship and his continued commitment to the relationship.  This is the 11th time that the two have met since Secretary Panetta took office.”

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