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France urges Lebanon to preserve national unity

Residents of Ruwaiss in the southern suburb of Beirut after a car bombing on Thursday, August 15, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: France condemned Friday the recent car bomb that struck a neighborhood of Beirut’s southern suburb and urged Lebanon to maintain its policy of self-disassociation regarding the Syrian war.

“France condemns in the strongest terms the car bomb on Aug. 15 in the district of Ruwaiss, south of Beirut,” a statement on the French Foreign Ministry’s website said.

Paris offered its condolences to the families of the victims.

At least 24 people were killed and almost 300 wounded in a bombing that hit the residential and commercial area of Ruwaiss, a stronghold of Hezbollah.

Paris reiterated its commitment to Lebanon’s stability, the statement said, adding that it was “important to shed light on this attack and that those responsible be brought to justice.”

“It [Paris] calls on the Lebanese to work toward preserving national unity in accordance with the Baabda Declaration of June 2012,” it added, referring to a pact by rival Lebanese leaders to distance Lebanon from regional crises including the conflict in Syria.

The statement said France supported the policy of disassociation endorsed by President Michel Sleiman.

“This is the message the United Nations Security Council relayed yesterday via their condemnation to any attempt to destabilize Lebanon,” it said.

 

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