Turkish Foreign Minister to visit Lebanon
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Lebanon on Tuesday in an effort aimed at solving Lebanon's latest political crisis, a Lebanese government source has told the German Press Agency dpa.
According to the source, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity, Davutoglu will hold talks with various Lebanese political leaders.
Davutoglu will be coming to Beirut with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, the source added.
Davutoglu on Monday attended a mini summit in Damascus where the leaders of Syria, Turkey and Qatar agreed to back efforts by Damascus and Riyadh to end the political impasse in Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia and Syria have for months been exerting efforts to solve the Lebanese political crisis, which erupted over disagreements regarding a United Nations tribunal's probe into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Tensions have been high in Lebanon amid reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), based in The Hague, planned to indict members of the militant Shiite movement Hezbollah.
Hezbollah has threatened to "cut the hands of anyone" who accuses members of its group of being involved in the Hariri murder. It has also called on caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri to disregard the STL, a request the premier rejected.
On January 12, Hezbollah precipitated the situation by withdrawing from Hariri's unity government to protest at the government's reluctance to deal with the expected STL indictments.