Former Lebanese PM: Arab states should cement Turkey ties

September 4, 2011 16:12

Arab states should strengthen ties with Turkey following its downgrade in relations with Israel, said Former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss on Sunday, according to Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star.

Hoss praised Turkey for its decision to expel Israel's diplomatic representation and freeze military cooperation.

“The ties between Turkey and Israel had for a long time been a stumbling block in terms of relations between Arab states and Turkey. Now that what has happened in terms of [reduction] in ties between Israel and Turkey has happened, Arabs are called on to cement and develop ties with Turkey,” Hoss said.

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