BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam Tuesday condemned the suicide bombing in Tayyouneh overnight, calling on security officials to ask for severe action against the terrorists.
“The criminal action that targeted innocents in a secure residential area is a clear attempt to shake Lebanon’s stability and smash its national unity,” Salam said in a speech at the Grand Serail.
He said that such attacks aimed to undermine Lebanon by importing sectarian sedition from the regional environment.
Salam called Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the recent security incidents in the country.
He also called Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and the leaders of the security forces, requesting maximum “strictness in security arrangements and plans.”
Salam also highlighted Lebanon’s independence and the state's sovereignty over its territory.
“Lebanon is nobody’s letter box,” he said, “and all plans to [treat it as such] will certainly fail due to the Lebanese people’s wisdom and their active parties.”
He called on those parties “not to delay the election of a new president under any excuse,” stressing the necessity to restore constitutional life to government institutions.
Salam expressed confidence that the security forces would be able to defeat any terrorist operation and protect Lebanon, while acknowledging the difficulty of "closing all paths through which the dark terrorism penetrates."