In dedication to Lebanon's slain politician Chatah: world condemns murder of a 'symbol of tolerance'
The International community condemned on Friday the “cowardly” assassination of former Finance Minister Mohammed Chatah in a car bombing in Beirut, describing him as a “wise” and “tolerant” man.
“Sad news from Beirut,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said via twitter.
“My thoughts and sympathy with the people of Lebanon and the families of all those killed,” he said.
British Ambassador Tom Fletcher also took to twitter to condemn the “cowardly assassination.”
“Chatah was a wise, tolerant, smart patriot,” he said.
“His courage not that he knew risks but that he believed Lebanon worth taking them for,” he said.
The diplomat said Shatah was “determined to honor his memory by support to justice, rule of law and stability for Lebanon.”
“Thoughts also with families of all those who lost loved ones, and with emergency services as they respond to this heinous act of terror,” Fletcher tweeted.
Chatah, who was ex-Premier Saad Hariri's adviser, was on the way to a meeting at Hariri's downtown residence when the bomb hit his car.
French Ambassador Paoli described Shatah as a “moderate” man and “the symbol of tolerance.”
He told Future TV's reporter at Center House that French President Francois Hollande held a telephone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman to express his condolences.
The diplomat called for unity saying Lebanon was in danger.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs also condemned the “terrorist” attack in downtown Beirut.
Talking to IRNA news agency, Hossein Amir-Abdollahiyan said: "The enemies of Lebanon are taking aim at all sides.”
He added: “Perpetrators of such moves are seeking to create new strife in the country.”
He expressed confidence that Lebanese officials and political factions will “foil all the evil attempts through vigilance.”
In its condemnation statement, the Arab League urged all Lebanese parties to exercise self-restraint.
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