Lebanon's ambassador to Ankara, Ghassan al-Muallem, revealed that one million Lebanese people had visited Turkey in the first eight months of this year.
This came in a speech at a ceremony held in the capital Ankara on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Lebanese independence, attended by Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Suelo, diplomats, businessmen, academics and a number of other invitees.
He pointed out that Turkey and Lebanon shared the same history, culture, cuisine and customs, emphasizing the close relationship between the two countries.
He added: "Turkey has visited one million Lebanese in the first eight months of this year," noting that this figure accounts for around 20 percent of the country's population.
He stressed that his country always stood beside Palestine and the Palestinian problem, and was always ready to cooperate with Turkey.
This came in a speech on Thursday, at a reception organized by the Lebanese Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Lebanese independence from France.
Sawilo pointed out that he had made sincere and long-term efforts to improve bilateral relations with Lebanon.
He noted that the two countries will be issued joint visas in 2010.
He pointed to the importance of cooperation agreements between the two countries in the security sector and eradicating terrorism, organized crime and drugs.
He stressed that the approach followed by Turkey in terms of maintaining Lebanon's independence and sovereignty was clear and sincere.
"As in the past, Turkey will continue to oppose any attempt to stabilize Lebanon."