BEIRUT, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Thursday stressed the need to protect diplomatic missions in Lebanon, a day after shots were fired near the embassy of the United States in Lebanon.
"The protection of diplomatic missions in Lebanon cannot be compromised at all," a statement from Lebanon's Council of Ministers quoted Mikati as saying.
The prime minister said security agencies were on alert to find out the reason for the incident and arrest perpetrators, the statement read.
Several shots were fired near the U.S. embassy north of Beirut late on Wednesday, a time coinciding with the 39th anniversary of a deadly bombing attack on the embassy on Sept. 20, 1984.
According to media reports, no one was hurt in Wednesday's incident. ■