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U.s.will Continue to Sell Arms to ‘moderate’ Arabs, Says Carlucci

November 7, 1988
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U.S. Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci made it clear at the end of his three-day visit to Israel that the United States intends to continue weapons sales to “moderate” Arab countries.

“It’s important for peace that the United States maintain relations with moderate Arab countries” and those relations involve security issues, which means arms sales, the American defense chief told reporters Friday at Ben-Gurion Airport.

He stressed at the same time that United States support of Israel and binational military cooperation signals to Israel’s adversaries “that there is no military option…peace must be achieved through negotiations.”

Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin briefed the Cabinet Sunday on his talks with Carlucci, who arrived here after visiting Jordan and Egypt.

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