US plans to hold corrupt Lebanese officials close to Hezbollah accountable: Sources

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Washington is considering imposing additional sanctions on corrupt Lebanese officials who support Hezbollah, sources in the US State Department told Al Arabiya on Wednesday.

The US is encouraging the international community to hold corrupt individuals in Lebanon accountable by taking serious action toward them, the sources said.

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Washington is determined to hold corrupt Lebanese politicians accountable, to ensure that the demands of the Lebanese nation are fulfilled and to see a transparent and honest Lebanese government formed, the sources added.

The US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday it had designated former Lebanese Transport Minister Yusuf Finyanus and former Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil for engaging in corruption, leveraging their political power for financial gain.

“Finyanus and Khalil were involved in directing political and economic favors to Hezbollah and involved in some of the corruption that made Hezbollah’s work possible in Lebanon,” David Schenker, assistant secretary for Near East Affairs at the US State Department told a briefing call.

“This should be a message to both to those who cooperate with Hezbollah, those who enable Hezbollah but also to Lebanon’s political leaders,” Schenker said. “Everyone should absolutely expect more designations to come,” he added.

- With Reuters

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