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6/25/07

Iranian, Spanish FMs review latest Lebanese developments

Tehran, June 25, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos in a telephone conversation on Sunday reviewed the latest developments in South Lebanon.

The Spanish minister called on Tehran to help Madrid in its efforts to investigate the death of several Spanish soldiers in Lebanon.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said six troops from a Spanish contingent were killed by a car bomb in southern Lebanon on Sunday, which a Lebanese security source said was detonated by remote control as their armoured vehicle passed by.

Referring to Tehran-Madrid amicable ties, continuous international consultations between the two countries' senior officials, and Iran's regional influence, Moratinos called on Tehran to help Madrid in the fact-finding process regarding the killing of Spanish soldiers in Lebanon.

Condemning the attack, Mottaki said Tehran would follow up the case through its ambassador in Beirut.

The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon will be assigned to confer with Lebanese sides on the issue within the framework of its consultations with the Spanish ambassador to that country, he added.

The attack was the first deadly one on the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon known as UNIFIL since last year's Israel-Hezbollah war.

Spain has deployed nearly 1,100 troops in southeastern Lebanon near the border with Israel as part of UNIFIL, which has 13,225 soldiers from 30 countries.

UNIFIL was first deployed in Lebanon in 1978 after an Israeli invasion but was expanded from some 2,000 members after the war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.

A total of 250 troops and 10 civilian staff or observers working with the force have been killed since the mission was first deployed almost 30 years ago.

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