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Published:November 26th, 2013 13:30 EST

Chuck Hagel Discusses Regional Security Issues with Israeli Counterpart

By SOP newswire3

American Forces Press Service

While in Halifax, Nova Scotia today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed a series of regional security issues with Israel`s Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 22, 2013. Both leaders also met on the sidelines to discuss a range of regional security matters. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog issued a statement after the meeting saying the discussions touched on Iran, the situation in Egypt, the on-going Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations as well as the humanitarian impact of the continuing violence in Syria.   Both, he said, pledged to continue to consult closely on the "multitude of challenges facing the United States and Israel." 

Woog said the two also discussed ongoing cooperation to provide Israel with new, advanced capabilities, including the V-22 Osprey.   The meeting was the fourth this year between Hagel and Ya`alon.

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