German defense minister to visit Israel, Lebanon

October 29, 2006 15:23

Germany's defense minister will go to Israel and Lebanon this week, his ministry said Sunday, a trip that follows an incident last week involving a German ship off the Lebanese coast and Israeli fighter jets. German officials said the Israeli jets fired in the air over a German intelligence-gathering ship in international waters. Israel denies that shots were fired and said the planes approached a helicopter after it took off Tuesday from a German ship without notifying Israeli forces. German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung will meet in Tel Aviv on Friday with his Israeli counterpart, Amir Peretz, a ministry statement said. Also on Friday, he is to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and Defense Minister Elias Murr in Beirut.

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