U.S. Warns Hizbullah Not to Funnel Ministry's Money


A senior U.S. official has warned Lebanon's Hezbollah against exploiting the position of the Health Ministry to funnel funds to institutions affiliated with the Shiite militant group.

The remarks by Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Treasury's assistant secretary on terror financing, came as Lebanese political factions agreed on Thursday to form a new government.

The development broke a nine-month deadlock that deepened Lebanon's economic woes.

Billingslea spoke to local journalists at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

Hezbollah has three seats in Lebanon's new Cabinet, including the Health Ministry.

The English-language Daily Star quoted Billingslea as saying that "if we see that Hezbollah exploits" ministries to funnel money and "other terrorist agendas, then we have significant problems."

He declined to elaborate what the U.S. Treasury would do in that case.

Comments 6
Thumb justin 01 February 2019, 12:49

Talk Talk and more Talk....

Thumb libanaisresilient 01 February 2019, 13:41

This must be a big joke! America warning against corruption?! Lol...

Thumb marcus 01 February 2019, 14:00

The @Pos is celebrating the satanic revolution in Iran that eradicated corruption...

Thumb doodle-dude 01 February 2019, 14:45

The USA already knows that khezbollah uses @blablablablabla's deep and wide luv tunnel to funnel money and finance terrorism and shiism.

Thumb whyaskwhy 01 February 2019, 16:38

Kizballah has a 1,000 ways to funnel its money this will not even gets its attention besides its the Lebanese that end up paying for it.

Thumb chrisrushlau 01 February 2019, 17:33

Billingslea is completing his eighth grade history class' independent project in "foreign money". He attends the prestigious Waldorf Salad School in Pearly Gate, NH. His mother wishes he would learn to keep his mouth shut a little, play it a little closer to his vest.