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Gallant lauds visiting congressmen for commitment to defense ties

Rep. Doug Lamborn: “I will never waver from my commitment.”

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant with senior officers during a visit to the IDF Northern Command, June 6, 2023. Photo by Ariel Hermoni/Israeli Ministry of Defense.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant with senior officers during a visit to the IDF Northern Command, June 6, 2023. Photo by Ariel Hermoni/Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant met on Monday with a bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation led by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.).

Gallant thanked the lawmakers from the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee for their commitment to the special bond between the two countries and promoting “critical defense and military cooperation.”

Lamborn said, “I will continue to support a strong working relationship with Israel and never waver from my commitment.”

Earlier this month, Gallant met with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Brussels “to discuss opportunities to expand military cooperation to counter regional threats.”

The two men agreed to continue collaborating to address “the wide range of threats posed by Iran, including its nuclear program, destabilizing regional activities and proliferation of uncrewed aerial systems and other lethal assistance throughout the Middle East and to Russia.”

Also on Monday, Gallant hosted his Albanian counterpart Niko Peleshi at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv. The parties discussed bilateral defense cooperation and security issues of common interest.

The ministers signed a memorandum of understanding that sets the framework for defense, military and industrial cooperation.

Gallant expressed appreciation for Peleshi’s commitment to further strengthening the diplomatic and security ties between Israel and Albania.

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