Israeli Defense Minister After Meeting Mattis: Cooperation Vital to Mideast

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, and Israeli Defense Defense Avigdor Lieberman stand for the National Anthem during an enhanced honor cordon to welcome Lieberman at the Pentagon Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
AP/Cliff Owen

The Algemeiner reports: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was hosted at the Pentagon on Tuesday by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis — their second meeting since the Trump administration came to power in January.

In a Facebook post after the meeting, Lieberman said he and Mattis discussed common security issues facing Israel and the US.

“Strategic cooperation between Israel and the US is vital and critical to not only Israel’s security, but also the security and stability of the entire Middle East,” Lieberman wrote. Israel’s Channel 10 quoted Lieberman as saying on Tuesday, “We need an active US in our region.”

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