Turkey's FM heads to Lebanon for talks including Hezbollah

Turkey's foreign minister said that he would definitely hold talks with representatives of Hezbollah as part of his visit to Lebanon.

Turkey's FM heads to Lebanon for talks including Hezbollah

Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday that he would definitely hold talks with representatives of Hezbollah as part of his visit to Lebanon.

Holding a press conference at Ankara's Esenboga Airport prior to his departure for Lebanon, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would not let Lebanon be dragged into a crisis, and to that end, it would continue to hold talks without ignoring any of the parties in the country.

Davutoglu said he would have high-level talks with all the relevant parties in Lebanon, including representatives of Hezbollah, adding telephone traffic with France also continued.

"We will definitely hold talks with the Hezbollah. Hezbollah, as a political party and a group with a powerful social support, is one of the main actors in this process," Davutoglu said.

The minister also noted that Turkey would be happy to participate in any international meetings to be held to discuss the situation in Lebanon.

"However, the current regional momentum should continue," he added.

Davutoglu has said that consequences of any possible crisis which might emerge in Lebanon concerned all the regional countries.

Turkey cannot remain silent towards a crisis in friendly country Lebanon, added Davutoglu.

Davutoglu said that during Monday's tripartite summit in Syria, parties decided to act together to find a solution which would bring stability in Lebanon also with the support of international community.

Davutoglu said that Qatar's premier and he would have talks with all of the parties in Lebanon and discuss which contributions they could make in the process.

He said that as an independent and sovereign state, the decisions about the future of Lebanon shall be made by Lebanese people as well as the political parties which were the representatives of the people.

However, results of any possible crisis in Lebanon concern all regional countries, said Davutoglu, adding that Turkey attached importance to regional peace and tranquility thus, it considered necessary to take every precautions which would prevent a crisis from emerging.

Noting that they would hold meetings with all political actors regarding Lebanon, Davutoglu recalled that he spoke with the foreign minister of Iran which was a country that could positively contribute to the process. He added that he also spoke with foreign ministers of France and Qatar.

Qatar's Premier & Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor al-Thani is expected to accompany Davutoglu during his visit to Lebanon.

Davutoglu and al-Thani are scheduled to meet with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Premier Saad Hariri as well as leading figures in Lebanese politics.

Lebanon's national unity government has recently collapsed after Hezbollah ministers and their allies resigned over a UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri.

The tripartite summit attended by the leaders of Turkey, Syria and Qatar was held in Syrian capital city of Damascus on Monday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hosted the summit attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

The summit was organized so as to overcome the political crisis within the Lebanese government.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was in Turkey last week and he held talks with Erdogan on the political crisis in Lebanon.

Agencies

 

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