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Turkey, Qatar, Syria to hold summit for Lebanon political crisis

01-17-2011 08:38 BJT

ANKARA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will attend Monday a meeting with Syrian and Qatari leaders in Damascus in order to seek a solution to the political crisis in Lebanon.

Erdogan will meet Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al- Thani, and Syrian President Bashar Assad to evaluate the situation in Lebanon, after Hezbollah walked out the cabinet on Monday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is in Iraq, will also travel to Syria for the meeting, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal was quoted as saying by the semi-official Anatolia news agency.

Ankara has accelerated diplomatic efforts to contribute solution to the crisis in Lebanon, where a national unity government collapsed last week after 11 ministers affiliated with the Shiite armed group Hezbollah quit the Lebanese cabinet to protest the UN tribunal investigating the death of former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri.

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited Ankara Friday as part of his efforts to rally international support after Hezbollah-led coalition toppled the country's Western-backed government.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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