Baird Condemns Bombing in Southern Beirut

August 15, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada strongly condemns today’s cowardly attack in southern Beirut. Our thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured in this senseless attack.

“Canada urges the people of Lebanon to stay united in the face of such abhorrent acts of terrorism and to flatly reject the use of violence. I call on the Lebanese authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into this incident and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Canada remains extremely concerned about the risk of Lebanon being drawn into the Syrian conflict by terrorist elements from either side. Canada does not want to see Lebanon become a new battleground for sectarian conflict or the settling of Syria’s scores.

“Canada remains committed to Lebanon’s stability and security as the country deals with a large influx of refugees from Syria.”

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