Egypt urges self-restraint, calls for avoiding strife after Lebanon’s deadly clashes

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Oct 2021

Egypt urged Thursday all Lebanese parties to exercise self-restraint and refrain from violence to avoid the evils of strife, in the wake of the recent developments in Lebanon that took place on the same day.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry
File Photo: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo. REUTERS

“Egypt follows with great concern the developments of the situation in Lebanon, and regrets what the Lebanese scene witnessed today,” Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez said.

Earlier on Thursday, at least six people were killed in Beirut as gunmen opened fire on a protest, organised by Hezbollah and Amal movements, calling for the removal of the judge probing the deadly Beirut blast in 2020.

Lebanese Army as a result warned on the same day that it would open fire at anyone firing live rounds.

Egypt calls on all Lebanese parties to prioritise the supreme interest of Lebanon and its people with commitment to the determinants of the constitution and the law, according to Hafez.

This should be achieved in a way to “ensure the stability and security of Lebanon, preserves the resources of its brotherly people, and takes them out of the vicious crisis circle,” the spokesman affirmed.

The spokesman urged the Lebanese government and state institutions to “assume their responsibilities in managing the country, resolving the crisis, and restoring stability to enable the international community in helping Lebanon move forward toward a better future.”

The Beirut blast in August 2020 killed more than 200 people, left hundreds of thousands homeless, and destroyed large parts of the capital, causing the former Lebanese government under Hassan Diab to resign and left the country without a functioning cabinet for a year.

Judge Tarek Bitar, who is currently probing the case, is the second to lead the investigation into the blast after Fadi Sawan was removed after charging former top officials with negligence over the blast.

On Monday, Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah openly called for replacing Bitar, accusing him of being biased and politicised.

From his side, Lebanon’s new Prime Miniser Najib Mikati called for the restoration of calm, warning against attempts to drag Lebanon into violence.

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