Telegram of condolence from Federal Chancellor Merkel to the Prime Minister of the Lebanese Republic, Hassan Diab.

Dear Prime Minister,

I was deeply shocked to learn of the devastating explosion in Beirut, which claimed the lives of so many.

Allow me to offer you my deepest sympathy. Please convey my sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and give the survivors my very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

You can rely on the assistance and support of the German Government at this difficult time.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany