Beirut blasts: German FM warns against Hezbollah’s exploitation of current vacuum in Lebanon

Abu Dhabi: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned of the consequences of continuing to destabilize Lebanon, in light of the horrific explosion in the capital Beirut a few days ago.

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“We want to strengthen Lebanon, because this crisis should not be used to open a door to foreign influence there,” Maas told German newspaper Zarbrucker Zeitung Friday, according to the German News Agency.

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Maas warned there are indeed in Lebanon non-governmental actors, financed from abroad, such as Hezbollah, who could take advantage of the current vacuum, and said, “The disaster entails great risks for further destabilising Lebanon.”

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Maas pointed out that it is right to think about holding an international donor conference soon in the interest of Lebanon, and he said, “A country cannot overcome such a disaster on its own.”

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He called on the international community and the European Union to study “how we can provide more aid: by providing food, accommodation and rebuilding the port and the city.”

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On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her government is “devastated by the reports and images” coming out of Lebanon, according to her spokesperson Ulrike Demmer.

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“Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones. We wish the wounded a speedy recovery. We will offer Lebanon our help,” Merkel said, according to a tweet by Demmer.

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More than 137 people were killed and thousands were injured as a result of a massive explosion in the Beirut port last Tuesday.

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