One million Lebanese visited Turkey in 8 months



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The Lebanese ambassador to Ankara, Ghassan al-Muallem, revealed that one million Lebanese visited Turkey in the first eight months of this year.

This was in a speech at a ceremony held in the capital Ankara on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Lebanon's independence, attended by Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Suelo, diplomats, businessmen, academics and several other guests.

He noted that Turkey and Lebanon share the same history, culture, cuisine and customs, emphasizing the close relations between the two countries.

He added: "Turkey has visited one million Lebanese in the first eight months of this year," noting that this number represents about 20% of the country's population.

He stressed that his country is always on the side of Palestine and the Palestinian issue, and is ready to cooperate with Turkey always.

Meanwhile, Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Suwailo said that Ankara would continue against any attempt to stabilize Lebanon.

This was made in a speech on Thursday at a reception hosted by the Lebanese Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Lebanon's independence from France.

Sawilo said he has been making sincere and long-standing efforts to increase bilateral relations with Lebanon.

He noted that the two countries will receive mutual visas in 2010.

He highlighted the importance of the cooperation agreement between the two countries in the field of security and counter-terrorism, organized crime and drugs.

He emphasized that Turkey's approach to preserving Lebanon's independence and sovereignty is clear and sincere.

"As in the past, Turkey will continue against any attempt to stabilize Lebanon."

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