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US Army Chief Admiral Mullen : "I see the challenges from an Israeli perspective

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – JUNE 27: In this handout image provided by the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, U.S. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael G. Mullen (L) meets with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Bark June 27, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.

June 28, 2010

(JERUSALEM POST) IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, met with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Military, Admiral Michael G. Mullen in Jerusalem on Sunday. The two of them held a private meeting, as well as a larger discussion with senior commanders of the General Staff.

The meetings focused on the cooperation between the two militaries and on mutual security challenges, according to IDF spokesperson.

At the end of the meetings, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi commented that the two of them completed a professional conversation on a number of topics, mutual challenges and issues on the agenda.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak  greeted Mullen earlier on Sunday and expressed Israel’s gratitude for the US’ contribution to Middle Eastern and Israeli security.

“We are happy to welcome chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mullen to Israel for a brief work visit,” said Barak.

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US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen (L) & Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi (R)  in Tel Aviv on June 27, 2010 (Photo IDF)

Photostream : IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi meets US Military Chief Admiral Mike Mullen

Barak continued, “We very much value his contribution to the security and stability of the region and his contribution to the close working relationship between the IDF and the defense establishment and US armed forces and the Pentagon. We are pleased to see him here as one who contributes much to the security of the entire region and to the security of the State of Israel.”

Admiral Mullen emphasized that he always extends his knowledge when visiting Israel. “I always try to see the threats and the challenges from an Israeli perspective,” he said, and added that while the interests at hand are specifically Israeli, they are also important for the United States in the area.

Sunday’s trip is Mullen’s fourth visit to Israel. Before his first visit in 2007, a chairman of the joint chiefs had not visited Israel in a decade.

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