Bush discusses Middle East crisis with Merkel

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4 August 2006, WASHINGTON - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called US President George W Bush Thursday to discuss international efforts to end ongoing fighting between Israel and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the White House said. At the top of the agenda for the 14-minute discussion were ongoing efforts to agree on a UN resolution calling for an immediate end to the conflict in southern Lebanon, which has killed more than 800 people since flaring up more than three weeks ago. US Secretary of State Co

4 August 2006

WASHINGTON - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called US President George W Bush Thursday to discuss international efforts to end ongoing fighting between Israel and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the White House said.

At the top of the agenda for the 14-minute discussion were ongoing efforts to agree on a UN resolution calling for an immediate end to the conflict in southern Lebanon, which has killed more than 800 people since flaring up more than three weeks ago.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday said agreement on a UN resolution would "certainly be within days," in an interview on CNN.

Merkel "offered her help and support in dealing with interested parties, and also Germany's support of the wider war on terror," White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

Bush took the phone call aboard Air Force One, as he was flying home to Texas for a 10-day holiday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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