Carter Meets With Israeli Counterpart During Ministerial

Sept. 7, 2016 , DOD News

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman today on the margins of the U.K.-hosted U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial in London, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a readout of the meeting.

Carter is in London as part of a three-day trip to the U.K. and Norway.

The two leaders discussed regional security challenges in the Middle East, including the threats posed by Iran and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ways to expand and accelerate cyber coordination and other areas of mutual defense cooperation, the press secretary said.

“The secretary reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel's qualitative military edge and to strong U.S.-Israel defense relations,” Cook said, noting that Carter told Lieberman he looks forward to visiting Israel later this year.