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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman

June 20, 2016

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman for a bilateral meeting at the Pentagon today. Secretary Carter and Minister Lieberman reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.- Israeli defense relationship and the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel's security. They also discussed regional security challenges in the Middle East and areas of mutual defense cooperation.  During Minister Lieberman's visit to the United States he will also travel to Fort Worth, Texas for the roll-out ceremony of the first Israeli F-35 aircraft coming off the production line. Israel will be the first foreign partner to receive the F-35, which will play a key role in maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge in the Middle East.