Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has visited the Lebanese Embassy in Tehran to express his condolences following last week's devastating blast at Beirut Port which has now claimed the lives of 200 people and wounded at least 5,000.
"Dr Zarif presented his condolences on the tragic incident that befell Beirut on the 4th of August," tweeted Lebanese Ambassador Hassan Abbas. "He also expressed Iran's readiness to provide support in the rebuilding and reconstruction process."
Dr. Zarif presented his condolences on the tragic incident that befell Beirut on the 4th of August, and expressed Iran's readiness to provide support in the rebuilding and reconstruction process. #Lebanon#Iran#Beirut@JZarifpic.twitter.com/Ga7zpSnfra
— Hassan Abbas (@Hassan3Abbas) August 9, 2020
Tehran's Ambassador in Lebanon, Mohammad Jalal Firouznia, said on Saturday that Iran plans to play an active role in the reconstruction of the areas of the Lebanese capital affected by the explosion.
In addition to the several medical and humanitarian aid consignments sent to Lebanon by the Iranian government, Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has established a field hospital in Beirut, with the city's hospitals already at full capacity. Mehr news agency reported today that the IRCS said that it is fully prepared to send more aid if Lebanon requires it.
Many Lebanese citizens have been on the streets ever since the blast last week to protest angrily at the government, which has long been accused of corruption and negligence.
While expressing its solidarity and support for Lebanon, Iran has cautioned against "external provocation" by groups and other countries seeking to exploit and misuse the tragedy for political ends. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said today that, "Clearly, some are pursuing specific [political] goals through external provocation."