German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Lebanon on the last leg of her Mid-East Tour. With Germany holding the rotating EU Presidency she is there to show European support for the beleaguered government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. However, while in Beirut she will also meet Parliamentary President, Nabih Berry, one of those heading the opposition to Siniora.
Yesterday in Ramallah Merkel held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He demanded an end to the EU embargo on the Palestinian authority, saying it could be interpreted as a deliberate siege against the Palestinian people. But Merkel’s priority was to build on momentum for peace talks between Israel and the Arab countries.
She held two meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during the weekend.