Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Middle East: Italy, Lebanon pledge to boost Middle East peace

Xinhua reports Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday promised to help increase the European Union 's role in Lebanon and in the peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

He made the pledge here when meeting with Lebanon's Premier Saad Hariri to discuss bilateral and global issues. The meeting primarily focused on the need to boost efforts for the Middle East peace process.

In a joint press conference at the end of the meeting, Berlusconi said: "I will commit myself to promote a wider EU foreign policy focused on the Middle East and on a greater interest for Lebanon."

Both prime ministers agreed on the need to push forward with the Israel-Palestinian talks in order to reach a common peace solution, which is on top of their agendas.

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