BEIRUT, – Lebanese Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, followed-up Saturday, on the situation of Lebanese citizens stranded in Turkish airports, particularly at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, in the wake of the security developments in Turkey, since yesterday evening, whereby he held a series of urgent contacts, to ensure their safe return to Lebanon.
In this context, Bassil gave instructions to the Lebanese Embassy in Ankara and the General Consulate of Lebanon in Istanbul, to adopt all necessary measures to aid the Lebanese, who are currently in Turkey in any way possible.
Moreover, Lebanese General Consul in Istanbul, Hani Shmeitily, headed personally to Istanbul Airport, once security restrictions on citizens’ movements were lifted by Turkish security forces, whereby he met with Lebanese citizens stranded at the Airport and attended to their necessary needs.
It is to note that, air traffic has been gradually returning to normal, with talks of planned trips in the next few hours to Beirut, via Middle East Airlines (MEA) and the Turkish Airline Company.
Bassil discussed with MEA Board Chairman, Mohamad el-Hout, ways of facilitating the return of all Lebanese, wishing to fly back to Beirut from Istanbul Airport, at the nearest possible time.
Source: Name News Network