Italy and France are at the forefront of the new peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. The prime ministers of both countries have met in Rome to discuss cooperation on the ground and ways of preventing any new eruption of fighting in Lebanon. Some Italian and French soldiers have already been installed in the south of the country paving the way for the main force.
Spain has today officially announced it will be sending a contingent. And Indonesia, one of a number of Muslim nations expected to contribute, has said it will send around a thousand troops. One of the main tasks of the international peacekeepers will be to help in the reconstruction of devastated areas. The work has already begun. French soldiers have been rebuilding two bridges in a coastal town south of Beirut.