APA | 23 Nov 2010
Turkey, Lebanon to sign free trade deal
Baku-APA. Turkey and Lebanon are expected to sign several deals this week, including a partnership establishing a free-trade zone and a joint political declaration aiming toward a new high-level strategic cooperation council, APA reports quoting voanews.com website.
The pacts are on the agenda for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Lebanon expected to start Wednesday. Mr. Erdogan’s Lebanese counterpart, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, invited the Turkish leader for the formal visit.
Mr. Erdogan’s office announced that the Turkish leader is scheduled to have meetings with several Lebanese officials, including Mr. Hariri, President Michel Sulayman and National Assembly Speaker Nabih Berri.
During his trip, Mr. Erdogan is also expected to receive an award at an Arab banking conference, visit Turkish troops assigned within the United Nations’ forces in Lebanon, and inaugurate Turkish-built schools and a rehabilitation center.