Mideast Lebanon

Former minister killed in car bomb attac
he International community condemned on Friday the “cowardly” assassination of former Finance Minister Mohammed Shatah 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.”

“Shatah 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.

Shatah, 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.

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 27/12/2013 – اغتيال محمد شطح


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.

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