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Gantz says he will meet his US counterpart soon to discuss Iran

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz (right) walks alongside US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during an honor guard ceremony at Israel's military headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 11, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz (right) walks alongside US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during an honor guard ceremony at Israel's military headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 11, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz has spoken with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about Iran’s regional and nuclear ambitions, he says.

“I had an important discussion with my friend and partner Secretary of Defense Austin about US-Israel coordination vis-a-vis Iranian regional entrenchment and its nuclear aspirations. We agreed to meet soon to deepen our discussion on strategic issues and military cooperation,” Gantz says in a statement.

The conversation comes amid growing tensions with Iran and long-stalled talks between Tehran and Washington regarding a multi-lateral agreement to halt the Iranian nuclear program.

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