Jerusalem, 22 April 1999

Defense Minister Arens to United States

(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Advisor)

Defense Minister Moshe Arens will, on Saturday night, 24.4.99, leave on an official visit to the United States, at the invitation of US Defense Secretary William Cohen.

During his visit, Defense Minister Arens will meet with Secretary Cohen, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, National Security Advisor Samuel Berger and Members of Congress. Arens will also visit the Texas headquarters of both Boeing and Lockheed Martin, in connection with the planned Israeli purchase of new combat aircraft. In New York, Arens will meet with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

During the course of the visit, Arens will address a number of issues:

i) the aircraft deal,
ii) regional issues (Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon) pertaining to the political process,
iii) Middle East strategic issues, including the threats posed by Iran and Iraq
iv) bilateral Israeli-American security matters, and
v) the crisis in Europe.

While in the United States, Defense Minister Arens will also hold meetings with AIPAC, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, JINSA and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.