U.S. Treasury Department Financial Crimes Officials Are In Lebanon


Officials from the United States Department of Treasury are visiting Beirut from July 19th to July 21st, the U.S. Embassy Beirut announced in a press release on Monday.

The delegation includes officials from the Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC) that combats money laundering, terrorist financing, criminal and illicit financial activity, and more.

During their brief visit, they will meet with financial sector interlocutors and civil society groups to engage on issues related to corruption, illicit financial, and counterterrorism, the statement said.

Since the eruption of the Lebanese Revolution, local civil society groups have condemned and called out the corrupt acts of Lebanese financial and political figures.

They seek to hold them accountable for their financial crimes and corruption that led to the economic crisis and the country’s collapse.

The U.S. officials’ visit comes as the European Union is expected to begin imposing sanctions on corrupt Lebanese officials by the end of July.

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