Hariri returns to Lebanon after Turkey talks

Hariri consulted with regional power Turkey on Friday as part of efforts to rally international support.

Hariri returns to Lebanon after Turkey talks

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is returning to Beirut after talks in Ankara with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, an official from Erdogan's office said on Friday.

Hariri had been visiting Turkey to seek support for his crisis-hit 14-month-old government, which collapsed on Wednesday after the resignation of Hezbollah ministers and their allies.

He is expected to begin formal negotiations to form a new government on Monday.

Hariri consulted with regional power Turkey as part of efforts to rally international support.

Saad Hariri, having met with President Barack Obama in Washington and stopped in France en route to Turkey, was expected to discuss steps to solve the government crisis with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

However, Hariri left Turkey after the meeting, and neither he nor Turkish authorities made any statement.

Turkish leaders are expected to propose holding an international conference to address the crisis and advise Hariri to try to seek a consensus with Hezbollah, Turkish media suggested Friday.

Turkey, which has built closer ties with Lebanon since participating in the Lebanon peacekeeping force after the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war in southern Lebanon, believes it could play a role in returning stability to the region.



Agencies

Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2011, 17:31
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