German navy to patrol Lebanese coast; no troops

August 18, 2006 15:03


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Germany's foreign minister on Friday underlined his country's offer of a "strong maritime component" to an international force in Lebanon and said Berlin was discussing how it could help advise and equip Lebanese border officials. Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday night that Germany would not send combat troops. Germany instead is prepared to offer "a strong maritime component to control the supply of weapons to Lebanon by sea" and ensure that Hezbollah is not supplied with arms by ship. He stressed, however, that Germany does not plan to send officers to patrol the Lebanese-Syrian border. That, he said, "has neither been sought by Lebanon nor suggested or approved by the German government."

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