BEIRUT: Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has called on the international community to combat all types of terrorism plaguing the Middle East, including the state terrorism exercised by Israel against the Palestinians, the National News Agency (NNA) reported Friday.
“Lebanon and the region are in utmost need for a daring stance by the international community to combat the terrorism to which we are exposed,” Bassil said.
“We are suffering from two types of terrorism, one that is exercised by states like Israel, and the second by extremist groups who are driven by ideologies that don’t tolerate others,” he added.
Bassil said Lebanon is seeking world support to safeguard its diverse social fabric and national coexistence, strongly endangered by rampant radicalism in the Middle East.
Bassil made his comments during an ongoing official visit to Brazil.
According to the NNA, Bassil held talks with the Brazilian ministers of foreign affairs, defense and energy on enhancing trade, encouraging Brazilian investments in Lebanon’s young oil and gas sector and exploring ways of assisting the Lebanese Army in its fight against terrorism.