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June 16, 2016 9:41 am

Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman Set for First Visit to US as Defense Minister

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Avigdor Lieberman, pictured, will visit the US this weekend. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Avigdor Lieberman, pictured, will visit the US this weekend. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Recently appointed Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will depart Israel on Saturday night for his first visit to the United States as the head of the Israeli defense establishment.

While in the US, Lieberman will attend the rollout ceremony for Israel’s first F-35 stealth fighter plane at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The new plane is expected to arrive in Israel in December.

Lieberman’s trip is also set to include meetings with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. These meetings will likely focus on the ongoing talks between Israel and the US on a new memorandum of understanding on security assistance. Lieberman is interested in finalizing a deal with the US before the next American president takes office in January.

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