Lebanon News

Jumblatt to Davutoglu: I’m proud to be your friend

Progressive Socialist Party Leader Walid Jumblatt says the Sunni leadership’s moderation does not change the fact that the Sunni grass-roots are slipping into extremism. (AP Photo/File/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt Friday congratulated Turkish Prime Minister-designate Ahmed Davutoglu on his recent appointment, saying he was proud to be his friend.

Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister.

In his cable, Jumblatt hailed Davutoglu for his diplomatic expertise “that has contributed over the years to restore Turkey’s great regional role in line with its history, its weight and its location.”

Jumblatt expressed hope that Davutoglu’s role as prime minister would “help achieve a quantum leap in the new Turkish politics and in preserving democracy, pluralism and diversity in Turkey at a time when the entire region has shifted to unilateralism, chaos and obscurantism.”

“I’m proud of my friendship with Davutoglu, which has been going on for many years,” he said, pointing to the many difficult stages and successive crises experienced by Lebanon all the way to Syrian conflict “which, unfortunately, turned into a devastating war.”





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