US War Secretary Leon Panetta met Wednesday his “Israeli” counterpart Ehud Barak where the two men discussed various issues including Syria, Iran and Gaza.
After the meeting between the two men, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little stated that “Panetta and Barak discussed a range of issues and expressed their commitment to ensuring continued cooperation on many important regional issues -particularly Syria, Iran, and Gaza.”
This comes as Panetta reiterated the strong US commitment to “Israel’s” security and the strong US-“Israel” military relationship.
“The secretary commended minister Barak on his tireless efforts in advancing the US-“Israel” strategic relationship,” Little said.
He further mentioned that “Panetta thanked minister Barak for his friendship and his continued commitment to the relationship.”
It is worth mentioning that the meeting was the 11th for Barak and Panetta, who is leaving his post shortly. President Barack Obama has nominated former US senator Chuck Hagel to succeed Panetta, a longtime Washington figure who has said he will be leaving public life.