BEIRUT, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour categorically denied on Sunday media reports claiming that the Lebanese expatriates in Turkey were advised to leave the country immediately.
Mansour asserted that Lebanon's Ambassador in Ankara Mansour Abdullah dismissed that the embassy sent any messages to any Lebanese in Turkey, according to the state-run news agency.
Mansour said "publishing such news confuses the minds of Lebanese and does not serve any cause, particularly in these circumstances which requires caution in dealing with any such reports."
The minister called on all media outlets to verify news concerning Lebanese abroad with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
Addiyar daily published Sunday a report stating that the Lebanese embassy in Turkey advised through SMS all Lebanese expatriates there to leave the country as soon as possible, due to concerns about retaliatory acts following the kidnapping of a Turkish pilot and his co-pilot in Beirut.
The paper added that the national carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) has sent a plane to Turkey for this regard, which was later denied by MEA Chairman Mohammad el-Hout in a statement as " baseless."
MEA normally operates its daily flights to Istanbul and the Turkish coast, he said.