Ashton urges Lebanon unity for security
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has deplored the recent deadly car bombing in Lebanon, calling on the Lebanese to “join forces” to restore security in the country.
“The spiral of violence in Lebanon is deeply worrying,” said Ashton in a Friday statement.
“I urge Lebanon's political leaders and the Lebanese people to put aside all differences and join forces - as a priority and without delay - to restore security in the country,” she said.
“The EU stands by the people of Lebanon and reaffirms its commitment to the unity, stability, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon,” Ashton added.
At least eight people were killed and over 70 others injured after a huge car bomb went off near the headquarters of Lebanon’s March 14 Alliance and the parliament in the capital, Beirut, on Friday.
A senior figure of the March 14 Alliance and former finance minister, Mohammad Shatah, and a companion of his were among those killed in the blast. Shatah also served as an adviser to the country’s ex-prime minister, Saad al-Hariri.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb attack.
The Lebanese capital has been hit by several deadly bomb attacks over the past few months.
At least 23 people, including Iran’s cultural attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari, were killed and more than 140 injured in November after two explosions struck near the Iranian Embassy in southern Beirut.