Annan in talks with Zapatero over Lebanese crisis, Iran
7 September 2006, MADRID — United Nations general secretary Kofi Annan held talks with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Thursday about the Lebanese crisis.
7 September 2006
MADRID — United Nations general secretary Kofi Annan held talks with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Thursday about the Lebanese crisis.
The two politicians held discussions about the recent war between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.
The discussions came as the Spanish parliament formally approved the sending of 1,100 Spanish troops to join the peacekeeping force in Lebanon.
Annan and Zapatero also talked about Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions.
Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spain's foreign minister, also held talks with the head of the Iranian diplomatic mission Ali Lariyani in the Moncloa Palace, the official home of the Spanish prime minister.
Moratinos expressed his hopes that Iran would maintain dialogue over its controversial plans to develop the country's nuclear weapons capabilities.
Earlier, Annan had held talks with the former Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonzalez, who recently travelled to Iran for talks with the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadineyad in Tehran.
The talks on Thursday centred on Africa and Latin America.
Though Gonzalez would not comment on reports he will head a committee dealing with the situation in Congo, it is widely believed Annan asked him to head the body.
Annan ended his tour of Europe and the Middle East in Spain.
In the past week, he has visited Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Israel, Syria, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey for talks on the Lebanese crisis.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news