Sarkozy, Lebanese PM meet in Paris

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri took time out from a private visit to Paris on Wednesday for talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace, the French presidency said.

In a statement, it said the two leaders discussed bilateral relations, regional issues and, in particular, the means towards an "urgent and necessary" resumption of the Middle East peace process.

Their meeting took place after villagers last week disarmed a French patrol of UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon and attacked them with sticks, rocks and eggs, in the latest in a string of such incidents.

France has called for a specific meeting on the matter at the United Nations to reaffirm the freedom of movement of the peacekeepers.

© 2010 AFP

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