(Communicated by the Defense Ministry Spokesman)

Minister of Defense Ehud Barak met this morning (2 June) with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. They discussed regional, political and security issues. Foreign Minister Steinmeier updated the Defense Minister on his recent visit to Lebanon.

Defense Minister Barak stressed the importance of tightening the economic sanctions against Iran and of German involvement in this effort. He also emphasized the continuing smuggling of arms from Syria into Lebanon, in contradiction of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.