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  3/5/2013, Adar 23, 5773

In First Official Meeting, Hagel Talks with Ehud Barak


The Pentagon's new chief, Chuck Hagel hosted Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday for talks after having faced allegations from US senators that he was too critical of Israel.

For his first meeting with a foreign counterpart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was sworn in last week, chose to meet Barak, apparently in a bid to reassure America's ally and its advocates in Washington over his stance towards Israel, AFP reported.

The two held discussions which most likely focused on Iran's nuclear program, Syria's raging civil war and President Barack Obama's planned visit to Israel later this month.

Officials said no joint press conference was planned after the discussions between Hagel and Barak, who were to be joined by the US military's top officer, General Martin Dempsey and the Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren.