The Swiss Foreign Ministry announced, in a statement today, Wednesday, that the Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon Monica Schmutz Kierjuts was slightly injured in the Beirut explosion yesterday, according to the Swiss Telegraph Agency (ATS).
The Swiss Foreign Ministry said that her ambassador was now in good condition and had returned to work.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that none of the other embassy employees were injured, but some were shocked after the accident. The embassy building and the ambassador's residence were also badly damaged in the explosion.
Swiss President Simonita Sommaruga and Foreign Minister Inacio Cassese expressed their solidarity with the Lebanese over the tragedy in the country. Cassese announced his country's readiness to provide assistance to Lebanon in any field.
About 1.5 thousand Swiss citizens live in Lebanon, 80% of whom hold dual citizenship. At this time, the Foreign Ministry has no information about whether any other Swiss were injured in the explosion.