BEIRUT: The U.S. condemned the assassination of former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah who was killed in a car bomb Friday, saying the killing confirms the need to abide by Baabda Declaration.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that killed former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah,” U.S. Embassy in Beirut said in a statement, extending its condolences to the minister’s family and those whose relatives were killed in the blast.
Shatah along with five others were killed in a car bomb in downtown Beirut as his motorcade made its way to former PM Saad Hariri’s residence to join a March 14 coalition meeting.
The embassy said it expected the Lebanese authorities to take the necessary actions to investigate thoroughly and bring to justice those involved in the deadly attack.
“We reiterate our support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces as legitimate government institutions that protect and serve all Lebanese,” the embassy said.
“Today’s attack only reinforces the United States’ commitment to advocate for implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1701, the Taif Agreement and Baabda Declaration as the means to support a stable, secure and free Lebanon,” it added.
The Baabda Declaration is an agreement signed by Lebanon’s rival politicians earlier this year to disassociate Lebanon from regional turmoil, particularly the crisis in Syria.
The embassy said Shatah had “a long history of promoting Lebanon’s stability and democratic principles in both Lebanon and abroad through his work within the Lebanese government, as Lebanon’s Ambassador to the United States and at the International Monetary Fund.”