New US Sanctions Will Target Hezbollah And Corruption In Lebanon

US Sanctions Will Target Hezbollah and Corruption in Lebanon
European Eye on Radicalization

A major U.S. official recently revealed that the U.S. is seeking to impose new sanctions that target and the corruption that “it lives on” in .

“Yes, there will be sanctions,” confirmed U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker, in a recent interview with Al-Hadeel.

In the talk, Schenker described ’s activities in as “a complete threat to at a time when cannot tolerate any crisis in addition to its financial crisis,” calling the organization’s actions “irresponsible.”

He indicated that is actively seeking to “acquire the Lebanese financial system” and “destroy the reputation of banks at a time when banks are in severe crisis.”

It’s partly doing this, the U.S. official explained, through “its activities related to money laundering and involvement in the drug trade.”

Schenker added that ’s “actions and measures that provoke ” add to the instability of the Lebanese financial system.

Answering a question of whether and its allies in would be subject to a new batch of sanctions in the near future, Schenker said:

“Yes, there will be sanctions implemented in related to combating activities, as well as sanctions under the framework of the Magnitsky Act to combat corruption in .”

For context, the Magnitsky Act is a bill passed by U.S. Congress and signed into law in 2012.

It authorizes the U.S. government to sanction those whom it deems corrupt or offenders of human rights, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the U.S.

As for the , which was named as a target for sanctions by a recent Congress policy proposal, David Schenker asserted that the U.S. remains “committed with the Lebanese Armed Forces,” which have proven to be “an excellent partner in combating terrorism and extremism.”

The official assured, “we will continue to cooperate with the and provide the necessary assistance to it.”

On a side note, Sayyed Ali El-Amine, an anti- political activist and religious leader, is now facing several charges in , including meeting up with Israeli officials and “attacking the resistance and its martyrs.”

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