Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday that US sanctions targeting Hezbollah lawmakers for the first time marked “a new direction” but would not affect the work of parliament or government.
“It is a new matter that we will deal with as we see fit,” he said in a statement from his office. “The important thing is to preserve the banking sector and the Lebanese economy and, God willing, this crisis will pass sooner or later,” he said.
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He added that the sanctions issue should not be exaggerated.