Lebanese prime minister in Ankara to meet Turkish counterpart
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri was set to meet Friday with his Turkish counterpart amidst political disarray in Lebanon, the semi-official Anatolia Agency reported.
Hariri arrived in the Turkish capital late Thursday and was expected to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday to discuss how to restore political stability in Lebanon, DPA reported.
The Lebanese coalition government led by Hariri collapsed Wednesday following the resignation of 11 Hezbollah cabinet ministers and their allies in protest of a UN probe into the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.
Saad Hariri, who was on an official visit to Washington at the time of the government's demise, was asked by President Michel Suleiman to lead a caretaker government until a new prime minister is named.
Turkey, which sees political stability in Lebanon as crucial to stability in the region overall, has expressed its support for the UN tribunal investigating Rafik Hariri's death.