In January, the British Treasury has implemented asset freezing measures against Hezbollah, because of their designation of the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
The country had previously only designated the military wing but however, this had changed in February 2019. The asset freezing measures that took place are considered consistent with their position on Hezbollah.
The reason they made this decision is that they cannot distinguish between the military wing and the political party.
In a statement by the UK government, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, “Hezbollah is continuing in its attempts to destabilize the fragile situation in the Middle East – and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party. Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety.”
The UK is willing to support Lebanon as long as the government is serious about freedom and finding a solution to the economic crisis that is facing Lebanon.
The appointment of Hassan Diab as Prime Minister of Lebanon has been largely controversial in the world news. Many media outlets, such as CNN, have referred to Hassan Diab as being a Hezbollah candidate, which can be viewed as an instant condemnation of the new government.