Lebanese Prime Minister
Saad Hariri has held talks in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, PRESS TV reported.
In the meeting with the Turkish prime minister on Saturday afternoon, Hariri stressed the need for Lebanon to protect itself from all external threats and dangers, adding that the threats that are being issued against Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine can be resolved through peaceful means.
"Israel should lessen these (military) maneuvers and start laying things on the table so that there can be serious talk over peace," he stated.
He added, "If Israel wanted to negotiate with the Palestinians over peace, would it resort to maneuvers?"
Hariri also visited Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt to shore up regional support in the face of mounting threats of war from Israel.
Hariri wound up his regional tour on Saturday with his last stop in Ankara.
On Monday he travels to the US to urge President
Barack Obama to pressure Israel to reach a just peace. He plans to focus on Lebanese-American relations, US military assistance to the Lebanese army, and the Lebanese economy. He will also ask the US administration to become more seriously engaged in the region.