Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has offered his condolences over the bomb attack in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, which killed at least eight people and injured scores of others. In a telephone conversation with Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, Salehi emphasized that enemies seek to increase insecurity in the region and achieve their ill intentions.
The Iranian foreign minister underlined the importance of unity among all groups and maintaining caution in the current sensitive situation of the region.Mansour, for his part, thanked Salehi and stressed the importance of consultations between the two countries with the aim of consolidating regional stability and security. Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast also condemned the blast saying that the attack aimed to sow discord among different currents and social classes in Lebanon. He emphasized the necessity of identifying agents behind the attack and called on the Lebanese people, groups and parties to maintain their vigilance and national unity. A deadly car bomb blast in Beirut's eastern Ashrafiya district killed at least eight people, injured scores of others, and damaged buildings. The intelligence chief of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, General Wissam al-Hassan, was also among those killed in the blast. Lebanese protesters took to the streets shortly after the explosion to condemn Hassan's assassination. The blast was the first major bomb attack in Beirut since 2008. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said the government was trying to identify the perpetrators and that they would be punished. TE/HGH/SS