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PERES SIGNS DEFENSE COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY

ISRAEL LINE
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1996

  Prime Minister and Defense Minister Shimon Peres arrived in Washington on
Sunday and met with U.S. President Bill Clinton, Israel Radio, KOL YISRAEL,
reported.
  The two heads of state discussed defense cooperation between Israel and
the U.S., and the recently reached understandings regarding southern Lebanon.
  Both Clinton and Peres addressed the annual convention of the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee.
  HA'ARETZ reported that Clinton and Peres are expected to issue a joint
declaration on Tuesday regarding the deepening of strategic ties between
their countries.
  YEDIOT AHARONOT reported that Peres and U.S. Defense Secretary William
Perry signed a cooperation to improve Israel's defense against missile
attacks.
  The agreement includes three means of achieving this goal: the
acceleration in the development of a laser cannon capable of destroying
Katyusha rockets; the instantaneous transfer from the U.S. to Israel of
information on missile launches against Israel; and the continuation of
Israel's Arrow missile project.
  DAVAR RISHON reported that Peres and Perry also signed an agreement for
Israel and the U.S. to expand collaboration in combating terrorism. During a
signing ceremony in Washington, Perry declared that the U.S. administration
is committed to protecting Israel's qualitative advantage in the Middle East.





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