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Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri meeting President Recep Tayipp Erdogan on Yesterday, Photography of Dalati and Nohra

Beirut- Former Prime Minister and Future Movement leader Saad Hariri said that the negative interference of Iran in regional cases makes establishing an upright relationship with the country.

Hariri, after meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, confirmed that he has not visited Moscow or Turkey to promote a Lebanese candidate for presidency. However, his visit headlined explaining the dangers entailed by the present void.

Erdogan received Hariri, yesterday, at the Yıldız Palace, located in Istanbul. The two addressed the latest developments concerning Lebanon and the region. The spillover of the Syrian crisis and the bilateral relationship shared by Turkey and Lebanon were two topics also discussed at the hour and a half meeting.

After the meeting, Hariri spoke to reporters, “we discussed issues concerning the region and especially the current events in Syria,” Hariri said.

“We believe that Turkey can play a great role in bringing peace into the country,” pointing out to Erdogan “the extent to influence projected by the presidential void in Lebanon, especially on the economic and political life of the country,” Hariri added.

Hariri went on saying “we have talked over the Iranian regional role, and we seek establishing good relationships with Iran. However, the negative intrusion witnessed stops good relationships from being established.”

Hariri gave emphasis to his concerns on keeping Lebanon a part of the political arena, and that everyone recognizes that the country is being crippled over multiple spheres.

The Future Movement leader conferred with Erdogan one of the main issues Lebanon is subjected to, which is the mass influx of Syrian refugees.

“President Erdogan made it clear to me that Turkey suffers the same situation. Which is why we have agreed to cooperate on urging the international community to contribute further into helping with the problem,” Hariri said.