Today, Tuesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused Lebanese Hezbollah of continuing to engage in “illegal” activities and to accumulate wealth at the expense of the Lebanese people who are suffering from the economic crisis.
A U.S. State Department statement quoted him as saying that putting three Hezbollah-related people on the sanctions list is in solidarity with the Lebanese people, “whose activities threaten the security and sovereignty of Hezbollah”.
He added that “Hezbollah and its partners are more interested in promoting their own interests and those of Iran than the interests of the Lebanese people.”
On Tuesday, the United States Department of the Treasury said on its website web that the United States has imposed sanctions on three individuals and an entity linked to the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia, Hezbollah.
The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on three Hezbollah financiers, Adel Diab, Ali Muhammad Da’oun and Jihad Salem Allama, and a tour company affiliated with them called “Dar Al Salam” and based in Lebanon.
The Treasury said in a statement that it had imposed sanctions on the three individuals and their company in one moment in which the Lebanese economy is going through an “unprecedented crisis, and Hezbollah, as part of the Lebanese government, is impeding economic reforms and delaying the change so necessary for the Lebanese people.”
“With this action, the Treasury is disrupting the work of businessmen who raise money laundered for the benefit of Hezbollah’s destabilizing activities, while the Lebanese people are facing economic and humanitarian crises. in worsening “, adds the statement.
“Through businessmen such as those identified today, Hezbollah gains access to support in nature and financial through the legitimate commercial sector in order to finance its terrorist acts and attempts to destabilize Lebanese political institutions, “the ministry added in the statement.
The U.S. Treasury said Tuesday’s action calls for a ban on all property and assets of the three U.S.-based businessmen and to notify the Department, as well as banning all related U.S.-based transactions. to these properties.
The Lebanese economy is in crisis since 2019, when it collapsed under the weight of huge debts. The local currency has reached a new record last week and large sections of the population fell in poverty.
And i media locals reported Monday that the Lebanese government will hold its first meeting in three months next week, after Hezbollah and the Amal movement ended the boycott of government meetings over the weekend.
Hezbollah and the Amal movement, which supports some ministers, were boycotting government sessions over a controversy over an investigation into the explosion in the port of Beirut in 2020.
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