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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 29, 2005


U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue

On November 28, 2005, the United States and Israel conducted a strategic dialogue led by Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi to strengthen the already close strategic cooperation between our two countries.

Discussions covered a broad range of regional issues. Both sides also expressed concern at the Iranian government's growing radicalization and its irresponsible policy on nuclear issues. The talks reflect the deep, abiding friendship and understanding between the United States and Israel, based on shared values and common interests. The strategic dialogue constitutes a further step in fortifying and enhancing the strategic relationship between the two countries.

In addition to Minister Hanegbi and Under Secretary Burns, other participants included, from the Israeli side: Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon, the Directors General of Israel's Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, and National Security Advisor and other senior officials. The U.S. side was represented by:Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, National Security Advisor to the Vice President John Hannah, Ambassador Richard Jones, Assistant Secretary Welch, NSC Director Elliott Abrams, and other senior officials. The United States and Israel look forward to continuing this dialogue in the Spring of 2006 in Israel.

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Released on November 29, 2005

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