Turkey, Qatar to hold talks in Lebanon

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 18, 2011 10:16

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey said its foreign minister is traveling to Beirut in a coordinated visit with Qatar's prime minister to discuss the political crisis in Lebanon.

Ahmet Davutoglu's trip to Beirut on Tuesday comes a day after consultations with Iran's new acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Ankara.

The Anatolia news agency said Salehi has opposed interference in Lebanon by "players from outside." Salehi did not specify any country, but said regional powers like "Syria and Saudi Arabia," could join Turkey and Iran in efforts to seek stability.

Turkey said Davutoglu and Qatar's Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, a member of the Mideast emirate's royal family, will meet Lebanon's president, prime minister, parliament speaker and prominent politicians during their visit.


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