The highest ranked official of the administration of President Joe Biden to visit Israel, Austin will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the place discussions will cowl “shared priorities” and reaffirm Washington’s dedication to Israel sustaining navy superiority over its neighbors, in accordance to a Pentagon assertion.
In Europe, he’ll maintain talks with German protection minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Chancellery Foreign and Security Policy Advisor Dr. Jan Hecker, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and British protection minister Ben Wallace.
Austin will depart Washington on Saturday, however the dates for his stops in every nation weren’t given.
The journey coincides with rising tensions between Israel and Iran simply because the Biden administration tries to have interaction Tehran over returning to the nuclear pact successfully torn up by former president Donald Trump.
In Europe it comes as Russia has despatched shivers throughout the continent with the massing of a troops and conflict tools alongside its border with Ukraine.
“Russia now has more troops on the border of Ukraine than at any time since 2014,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated Thursday, saying Biden was “increasingly concerned.”