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Suleiman contacts Rouhani, denounces
Iranian embassy bombing

BEIRUT - President Michel Suleiman contacted on Tuesday his Iranian counterpart to relay his condemnation of the bombing attacks that targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

 

According to the National News Agency, Suleiman contacted President Hassan Rouhani from Kuwait, where he is heading the Lebanese delegation at the third African-Arab Summit.

 

Suleiman also called Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghadanfar Roken Abadi.

 

“Terrorists cannot turn the clock back and reopen a black page of Lebanon's history,” the Lebanese president was quoted as saying by the NNA.

 

He also called on the Lebanese people to reaffirm their unity and for the country's security forces to redouble their efforts to pursue the perpetrators.

 

Later in the day, Suleiman delivered his speech before the third African-Arab Summit in Kuwait, defiantly denouncing any attempts to conduct terrorist acts on Lebanese soil.

 

“Lebanon will not allow imported terrorism to destroy its social makeup. Neither will it allow for others’ score settling on its soil.”

 

He also thanked all the country leaders who had extended their condolences following the fatal attacks.

 

Two explosions rocked southern Beirut Tuesday morning near the Iranian embassy, killing at least 23 people and injuring 146 others.

 

The attack began when a suicide bomber riding a motorbike approached the Iranian embassy and detonated a five kilogram bomb 25 meters away from the compound, a security source told NOW.

 

Two minutes later, a second suicide bomber detonated a four-wheel-drive Trailblazer packed with approximately 60 kilograms of explosives. 

Lebanon will not allow imported terrorism to destroy its social makeup. Neither will it allow for others’ score settling on its soil.