JANUARY 25, 2018 – A US official on Tuesday urged the Lebanese government to sever all financial ties with the Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah.
“[America urges] Lebanon to take every possible measure to ensure [Hezbollah] is not part of the financial sector,” said Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea, according to a statement released by the US Embassy in Lebanon.
Billingslea also stressed “the importance of countering Iranian malign activity in Lebanon.”
Although the US officially designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, the Shi’a group is part of the Lebanese government and is by far the most powerful actor within the country in terms of political and military strength.
Billingslea’s statements on Hezbollah came two weeks after the Trump administration initiated new action to disrupt the terror organization’s global financial network and drug trafficking operations in the US.