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German defense minister in Lebanon for talks

President Michel Sleiman, center, meets with German’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen along with a German and Lebanese delegations at Baabda Palace on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra,HO)

BEIRUT: German’s Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, held talks with Lebanese officials Thursday to discuss her country’s support for the Lebanese Army and Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon.

Von der Leyen met with President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace and the two discussed Germany's participation in the U.N. Force in Lebanon as well as assistance to the Lebanese Army via the International Support Group for Lebanon, which aims to preserve political and economic stability, Sleiman’s office said.

They discussed the situation in the region, particularly the conflict in Syria, and means to help Lebanon address the overwhelming number of Syrian refugees.

They also discussed the Middle East peace process.

Von der Leyen also met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam in his Mosaitbeh residence.

“It was a constructive meeting and important. I was moved by the prime minister's personality and the way he told us about the formation of a government that is stable and unifying,” Von der Leyen told reporters after the meeting.

 

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Summary

German's Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, held talks with Lebanese officials Thursday to discuss her country's support for the Lebanese Army and Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon.

Von der Leyen met with President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace and the two discussed Germany's participation in the U.N. Force in Lebanon as well as assistance to the Lebanese Army via the International Support Group for Lebanon, which aims to preserve political and economic stability, Sleiman's office said.


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