On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu expressed that all parties should support the Lebanese government to hold general elections on time.
During a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bou Habib, Çavuşoğlu told reporters that “everyone needs to support the government to find solutions to the crises in Lebanon and to hold the general elections on time.”
The Turkish foreign minister said that the Lebanese people, waiting for an “urgent solution” to their problems, should not have to “pay the price of regional bargaining.”
Çavuşoğlu also added that Turkey always attaches importance to Lebanon’s sovereignty, security, stability, and prosperity, saying they extended the necessary support and solidarity to Lebanon after the explosions in Beirut Port and Akkar.
He went on to say that Turkey’s contribution to the UN Interim Task Force for Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been extended for another year.
In terms of bilateral relations, Çavuşoğlu said they discussed ways to improve relations in many fields, especially in the tourism, energy, and agriculture sectors, emphasizing that they want to further develop ties with Lebanon.
Regarding the crisis between Lebanon and certain Gulf countries, Çavuşoğlu said: “We want this problem to be resolved as soon as possible through diplomacy based on mutual respect and dialogue. As Turkey, we are ready to do our part.”
Furthermore, he stated that they will continue to work together with Lebanon on Palestine in terms of regional issues.