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US, Gulf allies sanction Hezbollah leaders

US, Gulf allies sanction Hezbollah leaders”

"In a statement on its website, the US Treasury Department said that it had imposed sanctions on the members of Hezbollah Shura council in partnership with Saudi Arabia and other gulf states". In addition, the sanctions reject the "false distinction" between the group's political and military wings.

Wednesday, may 16, the United States and the seven States of the Gulf announced the introduction of personal sanctions against the leadership of Hizbullah.

The action was undertaken jointly with members of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC): Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman.

The announcement by the GCC came shortly after the US Treasury imposed additional sanctions on Nasrallah and Qassem.

"It is appalling, but not surprising, that Iran's senior-most banking official would conspire with the IRGC-QF to facilitate funding of terror groups like Hezbollah, and it undermines any credibility he could claim in protecting the integrity of the institution as a central bank governor", Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said in a statement.

Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Ali Thani, discussed Qatar's efforts to counter terrorism financing, the State Department said. The Lebanon-based group is backed by Iran.

"The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to global security by disrupting Iran and Hezbollah's destabilizing influence in the region", said US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a statement.

The Trump administration has sought in recent days to choke off funding for Iran's overseas operations, including its backing for Hezbollah, in what Washington says are its malign activities in the Middle East.

Background: The United States sanctioned four individuals and one entity on May 15 with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Quds Force and Hezbollah.



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