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Azerbaijan May Send Troops To Lebanon

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov (left, in a file photo) (RFE/RL) August 23, 2006 -- Azerbaijan says it is considering contributing troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov said today that a final decision will be made after the peacekeeping mission's status and mandate is firmly determined.

Mammedyarov made his statement as President Ilham Aliyev hosted Jordan's King Abdullah on his first official visit to Azerbaijan.

(AP, Turan)

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