BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri congratulated the newly appointed Turkish prime minister Thursday, wishing him success in his mission to lead Turkey toward more development, democracy and security.
Hariri expressed his hopes that bilateral relations between Turkey and Lebanon would strengthen as result of Ahmet Davutoglu’s appointment as prime minister, saying that Lebanon “has known him to be a loyal friend keen on its safety and stability.”
Hariri also congratulated Davutoglu on his election as chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) his news office said.
Earlier Thursday, Turkey's ruling party chose Davutoglu to be its new leader and prime minister, to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was sworn in as president in the afternoon.
Erdogan - who has dominated Turkey's political scene for 11 years as prime minister - announced the decision to appoint Davutoglu after an executive committee meeting of his AK Party to decide on a successor.