On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu called for discussing ways to improve relations between Turkey and Lebanon during a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. Following the meeting at the Baabda Palace in the Lebanese capital Beirut, the Turkish foreign minister told reporters that they discussed bilateral ties.
The Turkish minister also congratulated the Lebanese President on the establishment of a new government and the upcoming Lebanese National Day on November 22.
Çavusoglu underlined Turkey’s support for the people and stability of Lebanon, in a post shared on Twitter. Later on, Çavuşoğlu also met with Lebanon’s parliament speaker, Nabih Berri.
Both sides reaffirmed a “common will to increase contacts between our Parliaments,” a tweet from Çavuşoğlu expressed.
A new Lebanese government was announced on September 10, ending 13 months of political uncertainty after the government of Hassan Diab resigned following a blast at the Port of Beirut in August 2020.
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib are also other officials that Çavuşoğlu will meet as part of his official visit to Lebanon.
Since late 2019, Lebanon has been grappling with severe economic challenges, including currency devaluation and shortages of fuel and medicines.