Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that regional countries in the Middle East are responsible for restoring peace in the region.
"Regional countries have serious responsibilities to settle peace," Erdogan said at a joint news conference with visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in Ankara.
"Stability of Lebanon is very important for us in the aspect of peace and prosperity in the Middle East," said the prime minister, vowing to exert more efforts to help restore peace in the region.
Commenting on bilateral ties, Erdogan said that "we have assessed last three years of Turkish-Lebanese relations," adding that trade volumes between the two countries reached 320 million U. S. dollars in 2005.
On the issues of Iran and Iraq, Erdogan said, "The situation in Iraq as well as Iran's nuclear issue are important developments regarding the region. We hope a positive outcome will be reached."
For his part, Siniora said that Lebanon is exerting efforts to develop relations with Syria, stressing that Turkey assumes a very important role as regards relations between the two countries, since it is a friend of both countries.
Siniora said that a fair and comprehensive solution must be found to the Cyprus problem, stressing that Lebanon will do its best to help settle the problem.
On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Siniora said that a fair and comprehensive solution is necessary.
Siniora also expressed hope that the Middle East region will be free from weapons of mass destruction.