Last updated: 7 January, 2014

Iran FM to visit Lebanon after embassy blasts

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Beirut on Monday amid an inquiry into November’s deadly blast at his country’s embassy, the Lebanese foreign ministry said.

“Mr Zarif will arrive on a one-day visit, to meet Lebanese officials and discuss the inquiry into the attack on Iran’s embassy and the Majid al-Majid issue,” a ministry source said Tuesday.

The November 19 double suicide bombing killed 25 people, including Tehran’s cultural attache.

Majid, a Saudi suspected of heading the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which claimed responsibility for the attack, died in custody on January 4 from kidney failure.

The Saudi embassy in Beirut has written to Lebanon’s foreign ministry saying Majid’s family wants his body repatriated.