Lebanon News

Mansour asks Spain not to pull out UNIFIL troops

BEIRUT: Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour called on his Spanish counterpart Trinidad Jimenez not to reduce the number of Spanish peacekeepers working with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

According to the National News Agency, during a meeting which came on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly’s meetings in New York, Mansour called on Trinidad not to reduce her country’s peacekeeping forces in Lebanon and she assured him that Spain had no intention of carrying out such a step at the present, according to a statement by the National News Agency.

In an interview with The Daily Star earlier in September U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams stressed that European countries such as France, Spain and Italy could not tolerate more bomb attacks and might pull out their troops in the event of future attacks on U.N. peacekeepers.

Meanwhile, Mansour and Jimenez discussed bilateral relations as well as the situation in the Arab world, particularly in Syria and Palestine.

Instability in Syria negatively affects the entire region’s stability, Mansour said, calling for assisting the Syrian regime in implementing its reforms.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 23, 2011, on page 2.

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