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Hagel Off to Israel, Egypt

April 17, 2013

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Israel to discuss military relations between the allies before heading to other countries in the region, including Egypt, the Defence Department said Wednesday.

In Israel, Hagel is to meet Minister of Defence Moshe Ya'alon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres for talks to include a 10-year military financing agreement announced by President Barack Obama on a visit last month. Iran and Syria will also be on the discussion agenda.

Hagel will also discuss Syria with officials in Jordan before traveling to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on the week long trip beginning Saturday.

Discussions in Cairo with civilian and military leaders are to centre the US-Egyptian defence partnership and the country's democratic transition, the Defence Department said.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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