Canada Condemns Beirut Bombing

January 21, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns today’s suicide bombing that killed at least four people in the southern Beirut neighbourhood of Haret Hreik—the second such attack in just two weeks on the same street. On behalf of all Canadians, I express condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a swift recovery to the injured.

“Lebanon cannot allow itself to be pulled into the Syrian conflict, and I call upon all Lebanese to abide by the principle of neutrality in regional affairs, especially in Syria. Canada calls on all Lebanese leaders to maintain peace and security through a national dialogue and the formation of a government.

“Canada strongly condemns all attempts to destabilize Lebanon. We stand firmly with the Lebanese people and urge them to maintain unity in the face of such terrorist threats.”

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