Spanish PM holds talks in Lebanon, inspects peacekeeping troops

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero held talks Saturday with Prime Minister Fuad Saniora on Lebanon's deepening political crisis, which has produced a vacuum in the presidency. Zapatero, who arrived here earlier Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, also traveled to southern Lebanon where he inspected his country's troops serving with the UN peacekeeping force overseeing a truce along the Lebanese-Israeli border. During the 45-minute meeting at Beirut airport, Saniora briefed Zapatero on "the situation in Lebanon and the continued vacuum in the presidency post," the state-run National News Agency reported.