Italy's Prodi to travel to Lebanon next week

October 6, 2006 09:59

Italian Premier Romano Prodi, whose country is the leading contributor to a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, will travel to Beirut next week. Prodi is set to leave Tuesday evening and hold talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Fuad Saniora, on Wednesday, the Italian premier's office said late Thursday. Italy is contributing the largest contingent - 2,500 troops - to the UN's expanded peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, assembled after an Aug. 14 cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah militias. About 1,000 Italian troops already have been deployed.

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