Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Lebanon

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Liu Jieyi

The members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against the embassy of Iran in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.

An al-Qaida-linked group has claimed responsibility for the attack which killed 23 people and wounded more than 140 others in the vicinity.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The President of the Security Council in November, Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China, read the statement to the press in New York.

"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice." (27")

The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises and the obligation of host governments to take all appropriate steps to protect such premises.

They also appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country's stability.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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