Arab Countries 'Strongly' Condemn Beirut Blast, KSA, Kuwait Urge Citizens to Leave Lebanon

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Saudi Arabia and Qatar on Friday "strongly" condemned the car bomb blast in Beirut that killed six people, including former finance minister Mohammed Shatah.

Saudi Arabia "has followed with great concern and disturbance the outrageous terrorist bombing" that rocked the Lebanese capital, said a statement on the official SPA news agency.

"The kingdom strongly condemns this cowardly criminal act and urges all parties in Lebanon to listen to the sound of rationalism and common sense... and insists on the need of the state to enhance its authority and that of the army across all Lebanese territories."

Later in the day, the Saudi embassy in Lebanon released a statement urging its citizens to avoid traveling to the country.

"We also ask Saudis that are already in Lebanon to return to KSA as a safety precaution,” the statement added.

Shatah, an economist, former finance minister and Lebanon's ambassador to the United States, was the ninth high-profile anti-Syria figure killed in Lebanon since the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Qatar's foreign ministry in a statement said it "strongly condemns such criminal acts that contradict all human values, and threaten to drag the region into chaos and instability".

The Gulf state "affirms its stance in rejecting all forms of violence regardless of the source or motivation," it added.

Kuwait also strongly condemned Beirut's blast.

"This crime, that is rejected by all religions and criminalized by laws, targeted Lebanon's security, stability and unity,” a senior official in the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said.

The official called on all Lebanese factions to exercise self-restraint and show solidarity “amid these difficult circumstances.”

"We reiterate Kuwait's position of rejecting terrorism and cooperating with the international community to draw an end to it.”

The Foreign Ministry also warned against travel to Lebanon and urged all Kuwaiti citizens who are already there to leave "as soon as possible."

Later on Friday, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry condemned the “terrorist attack” and stressed on the Tunisian people's solidarity with “their brothers in Lebanon.”

"We fully support Lebanon in the face of these terrorist acts to preserve the country's security, stability and national unity.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati and former premier Fouad Saniora, offering his condolences over the death of Shatah and 5 other civilians.

"The Lebanese people will not fall into this trap and will take a moderate and logical stance to protect their country's unity and stability,” Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a released statement.

Turkey also vowed to “cooperate with the Lebanese state and its people.”

Russia also “strongly condemned the barbaric crime.”

Alexander Lukashevich, the Foreign Ministry's spokesperson considered that the blast aimed at "worsening the political situation and the sectarian tension in the country, and drag Lebanon into a dark crisis," according to the Russian RIA Novosti news agency.

"We urge the Lebanese to avoid falling into these provocations, and to unite for the sake of the country's security and stability,” Lukashevich added. “We reiterate Russia's support for national dialogue on the basis of respecting the interests of all factions in the Lebanese society.”

Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdelatty pointed out that an Egyptian national was wounded in the explosion and is being treated at a Beirut hospital.

"Our Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Hamdi informed us that Mohammed Nabil Abdul Menhem was wounded in the leg and that he is in a stable condition at the moment,” Abdelatty told the Egyptian television.

"Egypt condemns today's explosion in Beirut and this is a sign that there is an international phenomenon that's pushing for more violence and wasting all chances for development,” he added.

UAE, as well, strongly deplored the attack, considering that it targets the “unity and stability of Lebanon and contradicts all human values.”

The Gulf country urged political leaders to “stand firmly against those who target the security and stability of the country.”

“We call on them to protect their country from the repercussions of this attack that aims to plunge it into chaos and violence,” UAE's Foreign Ministry said in a released statement.

“We reiterate reiterated our unwavering stand against terrorism in all its shapes.”

The March 14 coalition has accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of being behind the Friday blast. Damascus rejected the accusations.

Comments 19
Thumb _mowaten_ 27 December 2013, 18:03

hypocrites. they are the biggest sponsors of terrorism worldwide, who are they fooling with this cheesy statement?

Missing imagine_1979 27 December 2013, 18:10

Yes they killed hariri, kassir, hawi...and now chateh... They are killing all anti syrian regime... And they are making such statements... Plus one mowaten

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 December 2013, 18:22

hariri would have never agreed to the takfiri program of the house of saouds, could make sense that they killed him. and by letting syria take the blame, it's 2 in 1 for them.
that's one possibility, but there are many others. could be also israel who killed him to divide lebanon and get us once more into a civil war. best way to get rid of HA is to get lebanon into a civil war.

Thumb FlameCatcher 27 December 2013, 18:32

Stupid fool : Hezbollah killed Hariri because in early 2000, he decided to turn his back against Syria and object to Hezbollah weapons. He refused to extend your traitor president Lahoud's terms, was threatened and killed for it.

You must be a total imbecile to come up with a new excuse of Hariri being against the "Takfiri program". Especially that today, you accuse him of supporting takfiris. Go figure !

You have once again shown you're not only a moron, you're an idiot, an imbecile, a loser, a sheep and a naive fool !

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 December 2013, 18:37

can't you make a point without insults? your comments are already not worth much, but with this language they fall even lower....
also, get your facts straight because hariri not only endorsed the resistance, but he also ended up prolonging lahoud's mandate. so they killed him because he gave them what they wanted? makes sense dude. not.

Thumb FlameCatcher 27 December 2013, 18:42

It's only insults when it's false. Prove me wrong !

Can you make a point without lies and new fabrications ? New excuses ?

Hariri turned his back on the resistance. He was forced to endorse it at one point.

Hariri was beaten in Syria and threatened by Bashar saying "I will break Lebanon on your head"... for refusing to extend Lahoud's term. He came back with a broken arm and Bashar broke Lebanon on his head anyway... Lahoud's criminal term was extended.

Yes they killed him anyway because Hariri was preparing to free Lebanon from Syria and disarm Hezbollah. This was his masterplan to redeem himself for supporting them in the 90s.

Thumb FlameCatcher 27 December 2013, 20:28

@Southern : same old song. And we did not wait for this event to accuse Hezbollah. We accused HA of crimes and protecting Syrian criminals since before they even killed Hariri !

Thumb geha 27 December 2013, 18:15

iran is the biggest terrorist country in the region:
- they support the assad regime which is the worst state terrorism tool in the region.
- they created their extremist terrorist militia, namely hizbushaitan to execute murders, terrorist acts, bombings,... at their orders.

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 December 2013, 18:20

justifying empty accusations with previous empty accusations. it's all neatly laid out in your head innit?

Missing imagine_1979 27 December 2013, 18:28

After doing their revolution all the leftist in iran were jailled exilled and most of them executed so that the surem revolution court (all very secular and progressist guys) could take control and raise a wise regime... U know not so far from the level of saoudis as u paint them....
Plus one for me?

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 December 2013, 18:38

huh? who cares and why are you bringing up unrelated stories?

Missing imagine_1979 27 December 2013, 19:10

Bc u refuse to see iran as it is, it is an entity that is build on religious fanatic leadders who are spreadding arms and fighters in syria irak lebanon yemen... So u always put blame on ksa and golf country (blame that are in certain way right i hope all those would become secular democracy) but u refuse to see iran and wilayat al fakih ideology spreading as it is...

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 December 2013, 19:27

i dont see them cutting throats of people who have different beliefs.

Missing imagine_1979 27 December 2013, 19:52

True and u wont find it on the net neither since internet access their is restricted to not to let or filth tarnish their great islamic revolution ideology....

Thumb FlameCatcher 27 December 2013, 19:31

Fath el Islam you say ? The same terrorist group armed and trained by Bashar el Assad and protected by Hezbollah (Red line) from the Lebanese army clampdown in Nahr el Bared ?

Wow ...

You are digging Hassan Nasrallah's grave with your comment... The same who protects bashar, the butcher of lebanon!

Thumb FlameCatcher 27 December 2013, 20:30

Oh I know exactly where I stand @Southern... you're the one who's lost in your forest of lies and excuses.

Prove me wrong if you believe i'm lying ! I have proven to you time after time every statement I make against your criminal and terrorist organisation !

Missing imagine_1979 27 December 2013, 19:52

Yii chaler el abssi got freed again?

Missing peace 28 December 2013, 01:31

"the terrorists site that Hariri founded!"

tell us more about this... it is interesting to know....

Thumb FlameCatcher 28 December 2013, 14:42

@Peace, this is how Hezbollah manipulates their brainless GHANAM ! With lies so obvious that you really have to be a zombie to believe them.

@Southern, enlighten us on Hassan Nasrallah wanting to prevent the army from fighting Fath el Islam in Nahr el Bared (another site Hariri founded right?). To protect your brother terrorist groups ... ?