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Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday said that Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri is traveling to Turkey for talks following the collapse of his government.
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Ahmet Davutoglu said that "Hariri will come to our country later tonight and I will meet with him."
The Lebanese government collapsed on Wednesday after Hizbullah and its
allies pulled out over differences stemming from the UN investigation
into the assassination of Hariri's father, former prime minister Rafik
Earlier on Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman began consultations over the
choice of a new prime minister for the country. He met with parliament
speaker Nabih Berri, who told reporters after the meeting that the
president would begin polling lawmakers on their choice on Monday.
Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that his party will "calculate
our steps" after withdrawing from the Lebanese government, at a meeting
of party leaders on earlier on Thursday, Al-Jazeera reported.
Nasrallah explained that his party left the government because the
"expected result of the international tribunal for the former Prime
Minister Rafik al-Hariri is aimed at the resistance."
Suleiman asked Hariri, as well as other members of his party, to remain
in their positions in a transitional government, Lebanese news sources
reported on Thursday.
Hizbullah told Suleiman that it will not
allow Hariri to continue as prime minister, according to a Thursday
report by Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar
"He is not fit to have this responsibility, as experience has proven," a Hizbullah source told Al-Akhbar
Another Hizbullah source told Lebanese daily A-Safir
that Hariri will not be prime minister anymore "because he is part of the problem, not the solution."