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Friday, 29 June 2007

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Premier Fouad Saniora met Thursday with Pope Benedict XVI's top aide Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to discuss the crisis threatening Lebanon's security, and both stressed the need for all sides in the conflict to engage in dialogue, the Vatican said.

Saniora and the Holy See's Secretary of State, Bertone, reviewed the Middle East situation and "Lebanon's political difficulties, the grave threats to its security and initiatives under way to try to overcome the present crisis," the Vatican said in a statement.

In particular, the talks stressed "the need to re-launch dialogue among all components of (Lebanese) society, each one of which called to contribute to the common good of the country," the statement said.

Lebanon is facing its most serious political crisis since the end of the 1975-90 civil war, with Saniora's government and the Hizbullah-led opposition locked in a fierce power struggle. Rival Lebanese politicians have not met since a national dialogue ended last year without an agreement.

"The international community is called on to accompany and support such efforts, decisive for Lebanon and all the Middle East," the Vatican said.

The prime minister has been touring European capitals to try to drum up international support for peace efforts for his country.

Saniora met his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid Thursday, just days after Spanish troops were killed in a car bombing in south Lebanon.

On Wednesday, Saniora said he has asked the U.N. to renew the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), following the deadly weekend attack.

The 13,000-member UNIFIL was deployed nearly a year ago as part of a Security Council resolution that ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hizbullah. The force's mandate, which expires in August, called for creating an area free of weapons in southern Lebanon and bringing peace to the Lebanon-Israel border.(AP-Naharnet)

Beirut, 29 Jun 07, 09:30

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