The Lebanese prime minister sought to ease concerns about a new US law targeting Hezbollah’s finances in comments published on Monday, after the group attacked the central bank for agreeing to measures it depicts as part of a war against it.
The US Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act (HIFPA) passed in December threatens sanctions against anyone who finances Hezbollah in a significant way.
It has ignited an unprecedented dispute between Lebanon’s most powerful group - the heavily armed Hezbollah - and a central bank widely seen as a pillar of the otherwise weak and dysfunctional Lebanese state.
Prime Minister Tammam Salam, in comments reported in As-Safir newspaper, warned against using the issue for political grandstanding.
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks at an earlier event (File Photo: AP)
Lebanon's Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh (File Photo: Reuters)