SA sends condolences to Beirut

2013-11-22 20:49
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Johannesburg - South Africa sent its condolences to the people of Lebanon and Iran after a twin suicide bomb attack in Beirut, the international relations department said on Friday.

At least 23 people were killed and over 150 injured in the blasts at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Tuesday.

"South Africa has taken note of the fact that the Abdullah Azzam Brigade has taken responsibility for this attack," department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

"South Africa condemns this heinous act of terrorism in the strongest possible terms."

The Abdullah Azzam Brigade is a Sunni Islamist militant group affiliated with al-Qaeda and the global jihad movement.

Monyela said South Africa was concerned about the continuing violence and deterioration of human rights in large parts of the Levant region, which includes Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, the Palestinian territories, parts of Cyprus, Turkey, and Iraq.

He said the country supported efforts by the UN special representative, working with the US and Russia, to convene an international conference of the Syrian government and opposition to bring an end to the military conflict in that country.

"SA believes it is essential that a political path be supported by a united, cohesive international effort towards a Syrian-led negotiated political transition aimed at establishing a democratic pluralistic society in which minorities are protected," Monyela said.

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