Minister of defense General James Mattis will attend this week’s Israel in the first visit to the middle East. Mattis will begin the trip on April 18 with a visit to Saudi Arabia, and from there will go to Egypt. On April 20, US Secretary of defense arrives in Israel. The same day he will hold official meeting with defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and the next day the American visitor will talk with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, and will also visit the memorial complex «Yad Vashem».
From Israel the head of the defence Department of the USA will go to Qatar.
We will remind that Ministers of defense of the United States and Israel met on 7 March in Washington. During the meeting, Mattis and Lieberman discussed the security issues in the interests of both countries, strategic concerns with Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and other topics related to middle Eastern themes.