Middle East

US places two Hezbollah MPs on sanctions lists

The Trump administration has placed three Hezbollah figures, two of whom are members of Lebanons parliament, on US sanctions lists, Al Arabiyas correspondent reported.

The US Department of the Treasurys said they designated the Hezbollah political and security figures for “leveraging their privileged positions to facilitate Hezbollahs malign agenda and do Irans bidding.”

The designations on Tuesday included Members of Parliament Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Rad, and Hezbollah security official Wafiq Safa.

“Hezbollah uses its operatives in Lebanons parliament to manipulate institutions in support of the terrorist groups financial and security interests, and to bolster Irans malign activities,” said Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasurys Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

“Hezbollah threatens the economic stability and security of Lebanon and the wider region, all at a cost to the Lebanese people. The United States will continue to support efforts of the Lebanese government to protect its institutions from exploitation by Iran and its terrorist proxies, and to secure a more peaceful and prosperous future for Lebanon,” Mandelker added in a statement.

The move came as the US steps up pressure on Iran and its alleged “proxies” in the Middle East, including Hezbollah, which Washington accuses of encouraging “terror” attacks.

It was the first time the US Treasury had placed Hezbollah lawmakers on its blacklist, which forbid US individuals and businesses with a US branch – including leading international banks – from doing business with those sanctioned.

“It is time we believe for other nations around the world to recognize that there is no distinction between Hezbollahs political and military wing,” a senior administration official who insisted on anonymity told journalists.

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