Kerry condemns 'abhorrent' bombing in Lebanon
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday condemned the bombing in Beirut which killed former Lebanon finance minister Mohammed Chatah and five others, branding it an "abhorrent terrorist attack."
In a statement, the top American diplomat said the "assassination" of Mr Chatah - an influential member of a coalition opposed to Syria's ruling regime - represented a "terrible loss for Lebanon, the Lebanese people and for the United States."
Mr Kerry forged a relationship with Mr Chatah during several visits to Beirut during his long tenure as a US senator. "I know he was a voice of reason, responsibility and moderation," Mr Kerry said in a statement.
"His presence will be missed, but his vision for a united Lebanon, free from sectarian violence and destabilizing interference, will continue to guide our efforts," he added.