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Maryland Gov. Hogan calls Israel trade mission a success

JERUSALEM — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his delegation has made several successful business transactions with Israeli companies during a weeklong trade mission.

Hogan said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that "there is a real synergy between this nation and our state."

Business, academic and Jewish leaders from Maryland accompanied the governor and administration officials. About 25 private-sector representatives made the trip. Meetings focused on cybersecurity, biotech and medical industries. Hogan says Cyberbit announced a partnership for a cybersecurity training centre in Baltimore that will employ about 100 people.

Hogan says Israel is one of Maryland's biggest trading partners, with $145 million in exports last year. He says there has been "a great relationship for many years and it's going to get even stronger."