Turkey – Political Relations with Lebanon

Lebanon due to the civil war and instability in the region, which is dominated by stagnant relations between Lebanon and Turkey, have changed since the early 2000s; Our bilateral relations, accelerated by the visit of our late Lebanese Prime Minister, Refik Hariri, to our country in 2004, continued to strengthen day by day with reciprocal visits.

Turkey’s 2006 Lebanon emergency repairs in the wake of the Israel-Lebanon war and the comprehensive assistance it provides to the reconstruction, after reaching the Doha agreement in 2008 and the constructive role to play in resolving the political crisis that ended UN Interim Task Force UNIFIL force contribution, Prime Minister Rafik Hariri , our financial support to the Lebanese Special Court, which was established with the UN Security Council resolution to clarify the assassination of Lebanon, constituted important demonstrations of stability in Lebanon’s commitment to provide stability and security and protection of social peace, and positively influenced Lebanese public opinion and authorities.

The mutual abolishment of the visa application in 2010 also laid the groundwork for further strengthening of our ties with Lebanon, allowing for increased interaction between the peoples of the two countries.

During 2010, many important agreements were signed during intensive contacts and mutual high-level visits. 3 held in Istanbul on 10 June 2010 with a declaration issued within the framework of Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon between High Level Quartet Cooperation Council (We YD) was established. The “Levant Business Forum” was established with the aim of increasing trade and investment co-operation on the initiative of the presidents of the quad business councils in the framework of the YDDİK, which was established with the aim of establishing a free trade area for the free movement of goods and persons between these countries, and this secretariat of the Forum was active in Beirut on 18 October 2011. The activities of the NACF, which demonstrate the determination of the parties to establish strong economic and commercial relations,

Visits and visits to Lebanon are ongoing.

Despite unfavourable conditions in the region, trade between the two countries has improved in 2013 and trade volume has exceeded US $1 billion but has remained below expectations in 2014 and 2015. Nevertheless, the Free Trade Agreement was signed on November 24, 2010 to ensure that the main potential of our bilateral trade can be evaluated in the interests of the two countries. The approval process of the Free Trade Agreement in our country was completed on 11 March 2013. It is expected that the approval process on the Lebanon side will be completed so that the agreement can be passed on.

Beirut Yunus Emre Cultural Centre, opened on March 23, 2012, contributes to the restoration of the cultural values ​​of Turkish and Turkmen society in Lebanon, especially in Turkish.

Turkey, the stability of Lebanon, as always, will continue to stand against any kind of target enterprises. In this context, Turkey will continue its contributions in line with the friendly and brotherly attaches importance to the preservation of civil peace and unity of the Lebanese people and provisions are kept.

Our country, the United Nations Temporary Task Force (UNIFIL) in Lebanon, has contributed to the maritime task force. Lebanon UN Interim Task Force (UNIFIL) Under Sea Task Force in serving the Turkish mandate of the Armed Forces elements, Turkey Grand National Assembly of 8 July 2015 and 1094 No. Decision was extended for one year from September 5, 2015.

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