Foreign Minister Aurescu: Romania stands by the people of Beirut in these difficult moments
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu extended condolences to the victims of the explosions that shook Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday evening, stating that “Romania stands by the people of Beirut in these difficult moments”.
“Heartfelt condolences to the victims of the explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, and a speedy recovery to the injured. Romania stands by the people of Beirut during these difficult moments,” the Romanian Foreign Minister wrote on Twitter.
Two huge blasts in the port of Beirut destroyed entire neighborhoods in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, leaving at least 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured, according to the Lebanese Red Cross quoted by the AFP and Reuters news agencies.
President Iohannis: We stand by Lebanon and the Lebanese people in these difficult times
President Klaus Iohannis offered condolences to the families of the victims of the massive blasts that rocked Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, in the evening of August 4.
“My deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible explosions in Beirut. We stand by Lebanon and the Lebanese people in these difficult times,” the head of state wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night.
USR’s Barna: Romania should be with the Lebanese state and people in overcoming this moment
National leader of the Save Romania Union (USR) Dan Barna said Romania must be with the Lebanese state and people, offering help after explosions in the port of Beirut.
“Yesterday’s explosion in Beirut left a shock wave around the world. Our thoughts go first and foremost to those directly affected and to the bereaved families. We must stand with the Lebanese state and people in overcoming this moment and the efforts to treat the wounded and rebuild. Even though we are going through a difficult period due to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that Romania can provide concrete and direct help, just as other countries have offered us their help in difficult times, we have to offer it when possible,” Barna wrote on Facebook.
MAE: Deadly blast in Beirut inflicts just minor damage on Romanian Embassy in Lebanon
The headquarters of the Romanian Embassy in Lebanon has sustained minor damage following a blast on Tuesday in Beirut, and the staff of the Romanian diplomatic mission is out of harm’s way.
Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) says that Romania’s diplomatic mission took action after the blast on Tuesday evening in the port area of Beirut and asked local authorities, as a matter of urgency, to find the citizenship and identity of the affected persons.
So far, says MAE, the local authorities have not notified the embassy about the existence of Romanian nationals among the affected persons, and no requests for consular assistance have been received at the level of the diplomatic mission.
MAE says the affected Romanian nationals can request consular assistance by calling the Romanian Embassy in Beirut: 00961 5 924 849, 00961 5 920 432, 00961 5 920 452. Calls are being rerouted to the Centre for Contact and Support of Romanian Citizens Abroad (CCSCRS) and taken over by call centre operators as a matter of urgency. They can also call the emergency line of the diplomatic mission: 00961 76 775 503.
MAE adds that the Romanian Embassy in Beirut continues the dialogue with the local authorities, being prepared to provide consular assistance when needed.
Romanian Patriarchate sends message of compassion to the Lebanese people
The Romanian Patriarchate sent a message to the Lebanese people on Wednesday, in the aftermath of the huge explosions in Beirut, voicing “deep compassion and solidarity with all those affected by the catastrophe.”
“We have learned with great sadness of the tragic consequences of the huge explosion that took place in the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on Tuesday evening, August 4, 2020, that left at least 100 dead and 4,000 wounded. In these difficult times for the Lebanese people, in the name of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church clergy and believers, we want to express our deep compassion and solidarity with all those affected by the catastrophe and pray to God to rest in peace the souls of those who lost their lives, to comfort their grieving families. These difficult moments in the life of the Lebanese people call us to show a lot of faith in God and solidarity between people,” reads the message released by the Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate.