Israeli Military Chief Set for First Official U.S. Visit, to Meet Top Defense Officials

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Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, two weeks ago.
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, two weeks ago. Credit: Moti Milrod
Yaniv Kubovich

Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi is set to depart for the United States on Sunday to meet with top U.S. army and defense officials, in his first official American trip since his term began in 2019.

Kochavi is due to meet with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley for the first time. He is also expected to meet with U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and other officials in the defense ministry and army.

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Kochavi's visit to the U.S. was scheduled for April, but was postponed multiple times for several reasons, including the recent Israel-Gaza flare-up.

According to a statement by the Israeli military, Kochavi and his counterparts will discuss matters relating to the Iranian nuclear program, Iran's activities across the Middle East, Hezbollah, and the latest Gaza fighting.

"In recent years, much cooperation was built between the [Israeli and U.S] armies, and more cooperation will be discussed in the visit," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement.

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