IDF Chief of Staff Participates in the NATO Chiefs of Defense Conference

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Tuesday (Nov. 18), the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, traveled to Brussels for two days to participate in the NATO Chiefs of Defense Conference that will take place tomorrow.

Date: 19/11/2008, 9:39 PM     Author: News Desk: IDF (Zahal) Announcement

The Chief of the General Staff will address the NATO forum, and hold meetings with NATO member states Chiefs of Defense, along with NATO and EU senior officials. At the meetings, the Chief of Staff will speak about the various threats to the State of Israel, the strategic challenges in the Middle East and the rise of Global Terrorism, as well as the need for increased co-operation between Israel and NATO members in order to confront the shared threats such as global terrorism.

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will hold meetings with his American colleague, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michel Mullen, and the two will discuss professional relations between their armies and the security situation in the Middle East. Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will then hold meetings with other chiefs of staff from countries including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, France and Poland.

During his short visit to Brussels, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will also meet senior staff of the Israeli Embassy.

The Chief of Staff will be accompanied by the Head of the International Military Cooperation Department of the Planning Directorate, the Head of the Chief of Staff Office and the Israeli Defense Attachי to NATO.