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German gov't extends Lebanon mission for another year

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, May 18, IRNA -- The German government on Wednesday approved extending the UN mandate of German naval units off the Lebanese coast for another year, according to press reports.

The German parliament has yet to okay the extension of the controversial Lebanon mission which is primarily aimed at safeguarding Israeli interests.

The German military operation authorizes the deployment of up to 300 troops as part of the UNIFIL mission.

There are presently three German combat ships patrolling Lebanon's coast.

Thousands of UN peacekeeping and Lebanese army troops are monitoring the fragile truce between Israel and Lebanon's Islamic resistance Hizbollah in the aftermath of the brutal military onslaught
of the Zionist regime in Lebanon in the summer of 2006.

Germany is also involved in training Lebanese police and customs officials.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30392586



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