American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon today to continue their close consultations on shared regional security challenges and the strong defense cooperation between the United States and Israel, Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said.
In a statement summarizing the call, Woog said the two defense leaders discussed Hagel’s recent trip to the Gulf region and his Dec. 7 remarks at Manama Dialogue in Bahrain.
“Secretary Hagel underscored the United States’ commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Woog said. “They also discussed the situation in Syria, including the international community’s efforts to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program.”
Hagel and Yaalon pledged to continue to stay in close touch on these and other priority regional issues, and reaffirmed the unprecedented strength of the U.S.-Israel defense relationship, Woog said.
Today’s phone call followed the fourth meeting between Hagel and Yaalon this year, he added, which took place at the Halifax International Security Forum last month in Canada.
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