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Report: Hagel to visit Israel this month

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will pay a first visit to Israel since taking office later this month to bolster the allies' cooperation in the Middle East, an Israeli official told Reuters on Tuesday.
Hagel and his counterpart, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon who is also newly appointed, discussed the visit by phone last month, the Israeli Defense Ministry said. The official said Hagel would visit between April 21-23. 
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