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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, talks to Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman prior to the Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany

    Mattis, Israeli Defense Minister Reaffirm Bilateral Security Commitments

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    US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman on the margins of the Munich Security Conference in Germany and reaffirmed the two nations’ security commitments, Secretary of Defense spokesperson Cmdr. Sarah Higgins said in a statement on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The defense chiefs concluded their meeting by agreeing to continue close collaboration and consultation on a range of bilateral defense activities and initiatives, the release added.

    "The secretary underscored the US commitment to Israel's security and its qualitative military edge," Higgins stated. "They discussed the Feb[ruary] 15 visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington, as well as other mutual defense and regional policy issues."

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