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        7/1/2012, Tammuz 11, 5772

      Lieberman: Trainer Deal Strengthens Ties with Italy


      Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited the Alenia Aermacchi aircraft company in Varese, Sunday, as part of his visit to Italy, ahead of this week's expected signing of a deal between Israel and the company for 30 advanced M-346 training planes. Lieberman saw a demonstration of the aircraft.

      The deal, worth more than two billion dollars, includes reciprocal purchases by Italy. Lieberman said, during the visit, "Beyond the security contribution of acquiring the plane, it is another step in strengthening the ongoing relations between Israel and Italy and will contribute to the economy of the two countries."