US Will Most Likely Sanction Corrupt Lebanese Political Leaders – Not Just Hezbollah Allies

AP/Hussein Malla | AFP

Various politicians and businesspeople in are now facing the threat of a new round of US sanctions, following the shocking explosion that struck on August 4th, a new report suggests.

Anti-corruption sanctions are being prepared by US President ’s administration, according to the Wall Street Journal.

These sanctions will target heavyweight Lebanese officials with the aim of weakening ’s growing political and military influence in the country.

US Will Most Likely Sanction Corrupt Lebanese Political Leaders
AP/Hussein Malla

While US sanctions against are nothing new, American officials said that the Port explosion has accelerated the country’s efforts against the -backed organization.

In light of that, upcoming sanctions will impact not only Hezbollah and its direct allies in the Lebanese government but also other figures who participate in corruption.

As a US official told the Journal, the new measures will include freezing any assets that targeted individuals might have in US jurisdictions.

Although the targets have yet to be determined by Trump administration, it appears that Gebran Bassil, President ’s son-in-law and the leader of the , will be a key name on the US’s updated blacklist.

As a result, the threat of sanctions is now looming over Bassil’s head from in addition to the US.

Following his famous visit to in the aftermath of the explosion, French President reportedly threatened to impose sanctions on the FPM leader and other Lebanese politicians.

This preceded the resignation of now-caretaker Prime Minister on Monday.

On that note, prior to his recent arrival in , German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed that Lebanon’s next government should be one that fights corruption if it wants to gain the international community’s support.

As of yet, it seems ’s political class has only attracted the world’s wrath, particularly after the , which is believed to have been the direct consequence of years of mismanagement, negligence, and corruption.

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