Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (27 December) on the attack on Lebanese politicians in Beirut:
The attack appears to have targeted those who are striving to hold the country together. I condemn this act of terrorism in the strongest terms.
I call on all political forces in Lebanon to pursue the path of political dialogue and to prevent the country from descending into a spiral of violence.
The instability caused by the Syrian civil war cannot be allowed to upset the fragile balance of power in Lebanon. Therefore progress towards forming a functioning government is urgently needed.
According to the latest reports, the former Minister of Finance Mohamad Chatah and at least four others were killed in the attack which took place this morning. The latest injury count stands at 71.
Mohamad Chatah made an important contribution to shaping the policies of the Mustaqbal party. The Mustaqbal (“Future Movement”) party is currently the largest in the Lebanese parliament.