Lebanon urges Germany to strengthen Mideast role

September 28, 2006 18:06


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Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora urged Germany to do more to secure peace in the Middle East, saying that it was "so important" that Europe play an effective role. Saniora met Chancellor Angela Merkel for what she called an "intensive exchange" over issues ranging from Germany's naval deployment to support the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, to ways to pursue broader peace talks in region. Merkel emphasized the need for a two-state solution the Israel-Palestinian conflict, saying, "Germany wants to do its part" to make that happen. "It is so important that Europe can play an effective role in these matters," Saniora said. "I am confident that our meeting today was a very important step in (creating) real strong foundations for the relationship between Germany and Lebanon."

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