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Lieberman to Mattis: 'Iran, Iran and Iran'
Meeting in Munich, the Israeli defense minister and his American counterpart discuss security issues related to shared Israeli and American interests.

Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman met with his American counterpart in Munich on Friday morning for the first time since former Gen. James Mattis assumed the role of secretary of defense.

 

 

The two said that they intended to maintain open and frank dialogue and to cooperate to strengthen Israel's security and to preserve US interest in the region.

 

During the meeting, the men discussed a series of matter, but Iran was first and foremost among them. The Israeli minister even stated that the three central problems that need to be dealt with were "Iran, Iran and Iran."

 

Mattis (Photo: AP)
Mattis (Photo: AP)

 

He added that a real and effective coalition needed to be built to deal with the terrorist that the Islamic Republic was spreading throughout the world. This includes missile development and Iran's working towards a nuclear weapon.

 

Lieberman said that North Korea and Iran are the two poles of the axis of evil that includes Hezbollah and the Assad regime in Syria, with Iran being the common thread, apparently mixing his metaphors. The secretary and the minister agreed that they must act decisively against Iran.

 

During their meeting, they also discussed additional security issues related to developments in the Middle East and ways to strengthen cooperation between the US and Israel in dealing with them.

 

They concluded that the two countries are true allies, and they agreed to meet again soon.

 

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