BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping sent on Wednesday a message of condolence to his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun, over the huge explosions in the Lebanese capital Beirut.
In his message, Xi said he was shocked to learn about the huge explosions in Beirut, which caused heavy casualties.
On behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name, Xi extended profound condolences to the victims, conveyed heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured, and wished the injured a quick recovery.
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NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed shock and sadness at the explosion in Lebanon's Beirut city killing scores of people.
"Shocked and saddened by the large explosion in Beirut city leading to loss of life and property. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured," Modi said on social media.
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CANBERRA -- Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday morning that he was "disgusted" by an alleged assault of a police officer in Victoria by a woman who refused to wear a mask.
"I think the report that I saw of a Victorian police officer being assaulted by someone pretending to do this in the name of liberty was just disgusting," Morrison told Today, an Australian breakfast television program.
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UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday sent his condolences to the families of the victims following the horrific explosions in Beirut.
"The secretary-general expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, following the horrific explosions in Beirut today. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured, including several United Nations personnel working in Lebanon," said Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for the secretary-general in a statement.