Today, Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his wishes for Lebanon to recover and enjoy prosperity, after announcing the formation of a new Lebanese government headed by Najib Mikati.
This came in a phone call that Mikati received from Erdogan, according to a statement by the Media Office of the Presidency of the Lebanese Government.
During the call, Erdogan congratulated Mikati on his government’s gaining the confidence of Parliament.
Erdogan wished “Lebanon to recover quickly and enjoy perpetual prosperity.”
Erdogan also invited Mikati to visit Turkey to discuss all that Lebanon needs during this difficult period that the country is going through, according to the same source.
The Lebanese government headed by Mikati was formed in September 2021, after 13 months of stumbling, following the resignation of the caretaker government headed by Hassan Diab, on August 10, 2020, 6 days after the explosion of the port of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
The Lebanese hope that the new government will put an end to the severe economic crisis that has hit the country since late 2019, and led to a financial collapse and a record rise in poverty rates, as well as a shortage of fuel, medicine and other basic commodities.
Turkey provides military aid to the Lebanese army, as this comes within the framework of the distinguished relations between Turkey and Lebanon, as well as the relief, development and health aid provided by Turkish institutions and associations to Lebanon on a regular basis.
At the Rome Conference 2018, Turkey announced its readiness to expand its military assistance to the Lebanese security institutions, and pledged to provide military equipment, worth about 7 million US dollars, to the Lebanese “model regiment” that will be established in southern Lebanon in the event of the conclusion of relevant agreements between the two countries.
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On September 24, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar received the Commander of the Lebanese Army, General Joseph Aoun, in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense stated in a statement, that “Akar received Lieutenant-General Joseph Aoun, in Ankara, after he was invited by the Turkish Chief of General Staff, General Yasar Guler.”
In turn, the Lebanese army said in a statement that during the meeting, they “discussed the status of the military institution and ways to support it.”
On the same day, Guler received Aoun, in an official ceremony, at the headquarters of the Turkish Army’s General Staff in Ankara, where they held a bilateral meeting.
According to a follow-up source, the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation and relations between the Turkish and Lebanese armies.
Aoun arrived in Turkey, where the Lebanese army said in a statement that “Aoun’s visit comes at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, General Yasar Guler.”