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Iran: Distance Lebanon from regional turmoil

Lebanese army and plainclothes policemen gather at the site of an explosion near a police checkpoint in the eastern town of Dahr al-Baidar, Lebanon, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Iran Saturday urged Lebanese leaders to come to a political agreement to distance Lebanon from regional crises, in light of the recent suicide car bombing in the Bekaa Valley.

"The embassy condemns the criminal acts that only serve the enemy of the Arab community and Lebanon and plays well into the Zionist project,” the Iranian Embassy said in a statement.

“The current phase requires that Lebanese unite their ranks to ward off the dangers and continue to fortify the local arena through political agreements that would disassociate the country from the repercussion of developments in the region.”

A suicide car bombing killed a police officer in east Lebanon Friday and wounded 32 others, after nearly a three-month calm that prevailed following the formation of a new Cabinet.

A series of car bombings hit the country last year, most of which were claimed by Islamist groups fighting in Syria, in retaliation for Hezbollah’s military presence alongside regime troops.

The embassy said the suicide attack as well as information about assassination plots against national figures in the country coincided with the rise of terrorism in Syria, Iraq and neighboring countries.

 

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