Gov't seeking troops from friendly Muslim nations

The government said Saturday it was asking friendly Muslim countries to contribute troops to the UN peacekeeping force that is to help police the cease-fire in southern Lebanon between Israel and Hizbullah. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said Israel had spoken to the governments of several Muslim nations with which it has diplomatic relations, but primarily to Turkey. Turkey, which would be acceptable to all parties, has not decided whether to join the mission. "If Turkey decides to send a contingent, we would welcome that," Regev said.