World Bulletin / News Desk
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrived in Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday on an official visit to discuss wide-ranging issues.
Mikati was welcomed by Ankara deputy governor Hayrettin Balcioglu and other representatives at Ankara's International Esenboga Airport
“Turkey and Lebanon have a long friendly relationship. We want to improve our relationship with regional countries. I am here to discuss our trade relationship and other developments in the region with Turkey,” Mikati told the Anadolu Agency.
"The conflict in Syria is having a serious impact on Lebanon and Turkey, as well as broader threats to stability and security,” he added.
According to the October 2013 report of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, the number of Syrians who have fled from their war-torn country to neighboring Lebanon has exceeded 800,000.
Lebanon has repeatedly called on the international community to help it cope with the large influx of Syrian refugees.
Mikati will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan today. They are expected to discuss recent developments in the region as well as the relations between Turkey and Lebanon.
Mikati will end his one-day visit and return to Lebanon in the evening.Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2013, 16:21