The heavy explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital, killing the former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah as well as 5 other citizens, was widely denounced internationally and locally.Explosion
UN Secretary General condemned Beirut blast, asserting the international community’s support to Lebanon’s security and stability.
UN Security Council strongly condemned that terrorist explosion in Beirut and considered that it threatens Lebanon’s stability.
The French President Francoise Hollande called his Lebanese counterpart and offered his condolences for the assassination of Shatah and called on all the Lebanese to unify against all challenges.
The British FM William Hague considered expressed his sympathy and solidarity with all the Lebanese during these “tragic events.”
Russia also “strongly condemned the barbaric crime.”
Alexander Lukashevich, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson considered that the blast aimed at “worsening the political situation and the sectarian tension in the country, and drag Lebanon into a dark crisis.”
The Spanish Foreign Ministry denounced the blast and expressed its support to all the Lebanese.
The Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi denounced the blast and considered that it targets the political moderation in Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on Friday “strongly” condemned the car bomb blast in Beirut that killed six people, including former finance minister Mohammed Shatah.
It is worth to mention that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait urged their citizens to avoid traveling to Lebanon.
Tunisian Foreign Ministry condemned the “terrorist attack” and stressed on the Tunisian people’s solidarity with “their brothers in Lebanon.”
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir- Abdollahian condemned the “terrorist explosion aims at stirring sedition in Lebanon.”
Diplomatic Missions to Lebanon Denounced the Blast
EU ambassador Angelina Eichhorst considered that the assassination of Shatah targets the political moderation in Lebanon.
The United States embassy condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that killed former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah.
Iran Ambassador Ghadanfar Roknabadi considered that the crime serves the Zionist project and stirs the sedition in Lebanon.
The Russian embassy offered its condolences to the victims’ families and asserted that Moscow is concerned with the security and stability in Lebanon.
The Saudi ambassador Ali Awad Asiri said that the blast targets the stability and security in Lebanon.
The Egyptian, the French and the Turkish ambassadors also denounced the terrorist explosion.
Lebanese Officials, Politicians Condemned the Assassination
President Michel Sleiman emphasized that the blast will not deter the Lebanese from preserving their country.
Speaker Nabih Berri considered that assassination of Minister Shatah aims at stirring the sedition in Lebanon as it comes in a context of keeping Lebanon in the arena of tensions and settling political records.
Berri further called on all the Lebanese to protect their unity against these conspiracies.
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati considered that Shatah was a moderate politician and denounced all forms of violence in Lebanon.
Premier-designate Tammam Salam stated that Shatah was a sample of the moderate figures who believe in dialogue and called on all the Lebanese to prevent the sedition which is the target of all these conspiracies.
Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel visited the targeted area emphasized that the national dialogue is the sole way to reach the political solution in Lebanon.
Former PM Saad Hariri considered that blast is a terrorist message to March 14 forces and to al-Mustaqbal party and that the murderers of Shatah are the murderers of PM Rafik Hariri.
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat considered that the assassination of Shatah is a negative message to all the moderate and considered that it must be face by moderation.
Marada movement leader MP Sleiman Frangiyeh stated that all the Lebanese have to be responsible for protecting the country from the sedition evil.
Lebanese Grand Mufti Mohamad Rashid Qabbani considered that the explosion which killed Shatah is an announcement of Lebanon explosion.
Wide condemnations for the explosion have been issued by the different political parties, religious references and incumbent as well as former deputies and ministers.