US President Donald Trump has reportedly extended sanctions imposed on Lebanon since 2007 for another year, the White House announced on Saturday.
The White House explained in a statement that Trump made the decision because “Iran continues to supply arms to Hizbullah.”
In a letter to the US Congress, Trump said “Iran was supplying its allies in Lebanon with increasingly sophisticated weapons.”
Washington says “these sanctions were imposed on those who undermine sovereignty and democracy in Lebanon, organize violence for political reasons and contribute to Syria’s influence on Lebanese territory.”
Under Executive Order 13441, Washington announced in 2007 that sanctions would be imposed on Lebanon as a result of “international threats posed by Hizbullah,” according to the United States.
The latest sanctions imposed on Hizbullah by the United States and six Gulf states last May included party leaders, including Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
Hizbullah is fighting alongside the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad.