January 5, 1998

DM MORDECHAI WELCOMES JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE

(Communicated by Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai has welcomed the joint Israeli-Turkish-US naval exercise which will take place later this week in the Mediterranean Sea.

He thanked US Secretary of Defense William Cohen for positively responding to his request and authorizing the participation of units from the US Sixth Fleet as an expression of US support for Israeli-Turkish cooperation.

Defense Minister Mordechai expressed satisfaction over Jordan’s decision to dispatch a high-ranking observer, and reiterated that this exercise is taking place in the framework of relations between the countries involved and is not directed against any third party whatsoever.