US sanctions 2 Lebanese in Guinea, claiming ties to Hezbollah resistance movement
The United States has imposed sanctions against two Lebanese businessmen in the West African nation of Guinea, claiming they have ties to the Hezbollah resistance movement
“This action will help disrupt Hezbollah’s business network in West Africa, which relies on bribery to circumvent the rule of law,” the US State Department said in a statement.
“With this action, Treasury continues to expose businessmen who support Hizballah’s destabilizing activities through bribes and other corrupt activity,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson, without providing evidence.
Experts believe that Hezbollah's activities and influence in Lebanon and the region, as well as its resistance against the Zionist regime’s invasions in the region, is a cause for concern for the US, Israel’s main ally.
For this reason, experts say US officials and Israeli leaders can’t tolerate Hezbollah’s growing power and influence in Lebanon and beyond, and will try to strike the movement in any way possible.
Hezbollah, which has been at the forefront of fighting terrorism, was established following the 1982 Israeli invasion and occupation of southern Lebanon. The movement drove out Israeli forces from Lebanon in May 2000.
Last month, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, described Israel as a “temporary regime,” whose termination is only a matter of time.