Lebanon demands Turkey clarify remarks against Lebanese president

Turkey's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, denouncing Aoun's remarks as "baseless and biased" while denying that state terror had taken place in Lebanon under the Ottoman rule.

Lebanon has been witnessing nationwide protests since Oct. 17 which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government while President Michel Aoun has so far failed to hold parliamentary consultations for naming a new prime minister tasked with the formation of a cabinet capable of dealing with the current financial crisis.

Lebanon on Tuesday urged Turkish Foreign Ministry to clarify its negative remarks against Lebanese President Michel Aoun, local TV channel OTV reported.

“We suggest Turkish Foreign Ministry issue a statement clarifying its negative stance towards the Lebanese president,” Ghadi Khoury, director of political affairs at the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon Hakan Cakil.

Cakil was summoned by the Lebanese foreign ministry over the remarks made on Sunday by Turkish Foreign Ministry against Aoun.

Aoun said on Saturday that the Ottomans practiced terror against the Lebanese, especially during World War One, causing hundreds of thousands of victims due to famine, conscription and forced labor.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, denouncing Aoun’s remarks as “baseless and biased” while denying that state terror had taken place in Lebanon under the Ottoman rule.