Turkey, Qatar, Syria to discuss Lebanon crisis


A news agency says the leaders of Turkey, Qatar and Syria will meet in the Syrian capital Damascus to discuss the political crisis in Lebanon after a Hezbollah-led coalition toppled the country’s Western-backed government.

Anatolia news agency, citing Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal, said Sunday that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is in Iraq, will also travel to Syria for the meeting.

Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited Turkey Friday as part of efforts to rally support after ministers allied to the Shiite militant group resigned Wednesday, bringing down his government.