YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 15, ARMENPRESS: Armenian president Robert Kocharian has sent a letter of condolences to president of Lebanon, Emile Lahoud, in connection with the Monday killing of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri.
“It was with a great sadness that I learned about the killing of the former prime minister Rafik Hariri, a prominent politician, whose contribution to strengthening of Lebanon and development of Lebanese-Armenian relations is invaluable. The terrorist action that took Hariri’s life is a challenge not only to Lebanon, but also to the entire region. By strongly condemning any manifestation of terrorism I convey my personal and all Armenians’ condolences to you, the people of the friendly Lebanon and Hariri’s beloved ones,” Kocharian’s message reads.
President Kocharian also sent a letter of condolences to Mrs. Nazik Hariri.
Hariri was killed Monday in a massive car bomb explosion in Beirut. At least 13 others, some of them his bodyguards, also died.
Hariri, a billionaire businessman, resigned from government last October but remained politically influential. He recently joined calls by the opposition for Syrian troops to quit Lebanon in the run-up to a general election in May.