News ID: 272848
Published: 0632 GMT August 13, 2020

Zarif in Beirut to discuss situation after deadly explosion

Zarif in Beirut to discuss situation after deadly explosion

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Beirut Thursday evening for talks with senior officials of Lebanon on the recent developments in the aftermath of the tragic massive blast in the Lebanese capital.

Zarif was welcomed at the airport by his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wehbe, said a statement by Iran’s Foreign Ministry.

In addition to review present situation in Lebanon in separate meetings with senior officials of the country, Zarif is also to follow up the process of providing Iran’s humanitarian aid for the Lebanese in the wake of the mega explosion which defaced the coastline of Beirut, destroying hundreds of buildings, IRNA reported.

At least 171 people were dead and more than 6,000 others were injured by the massive blast which was caused by detonation of more than 2,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at a warehouse in the port city.

Dozens remain missing and some 300,000 have been made homeless by the fatal incident.

Zarif had earlier attended Lebanon’s Embassy in Tehran and signed a memorial book in the honor of the victims of the devastating blast.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani called on Iran to help solve existing political crisis in Lebanon which mounted following the eruption of public protests in the Lebanese capital after the fatal explosion and has eventually led to the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Hasan Diab on Monday.

Given the present situation in Lebanon, President Macron invited Iran to take part in the international action group to solve Lebanon crisis.

Welcoming the invitation, President Rouhani stressed the need to help Lebanese judiciary officials find those involved in the fatal incident.

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