Friday, December 27, 2013

U.S. Embassy Condemns Assassination of Mohammad Chatah

December 27, 2013
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that killed former Finance Minister Mohammad Chatah. Minister Chatah had a long history of promoting Lebanon's stability and democratic principles in both Lebanon and abroad through his work within the Lebanese government, as Lebanon's Ambassador to the United States, and at the International Monetary Fund. The United States extends its deepest condolences to Minister Chatah's family, as well as to the families of everyone killed and injured today.
We expect that the Lebanese authorities will take the necessary actions to investigate thoroughly and bring those involved in today's attack to justice. We reiterate our support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces as legitimate government institutions that protect and serve all Lebanese. Today's attack only reinforces the United States' commitment to advocate for implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1701, the Taif Agreement and Baabda Declaration as the means to support a stable, secure and free Lebanon.