Pompeo: Hizbullah Exploits Corrupt System Just Like Other Parties

W460

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that Hizbullah “exploits Lebanon’s corrupt system just like other parties,” as the U.S. Treasury slapped sanctions on two Lebanon-based firms and a man described as a Hizbullah official.

“Lebanon’s political leaders have long exploited the lack of transparency in Lebanon’s economy to conceal their self-enrichment, while pretending they are defending the rights of their people. Despite its claims to the contrary, the terrorist group Hizbullah is every bit as involved in this deception as other actors,” Pompeo added in a statement.

“This scheme involving political leaders directing contracts to political allies while enriching themselves is exactly the type of corruption against which the Lebanese people are protesting,” he said.

Pompeo added: “The Lebanese people have been demonstrating against corruption for nearly a year and demanding that their government address their basic needs after decades of political dysfunction. The Lebanese people deserve better, and the United States will continue to support their calls for an end to corruption and more responsive governance.”

In his statement, the top U.S. diplomat noted that “Arch Consulting and Meamar Construction are two of many companies subordinate to Hizbullah’s Executive Council.”

Hizbullah has used these companies to “conceal its economic activity and evade U.S. sanctions,” he charged.

“Hizbullah collaborated with former Lebanese Minister Youssef Fenianos to ensure that Arch and Meamar won Lebanese government contracts worth millions of dollars, and the companies sent a portion of those funds to Hizbullah’s Executive Council,” Pompeo said.

He noted that Arch Consulting was previously part of and continues to “provide funds to Jihad al-Bina, a prominent Hizbullah construction company designated by the United States in 2007.”

“Sultan Khalifa As’ad oversees Arch, Meamar, and other Hizbullah companies in his position on Hizbullah’s Executive Council, where he helps manage the terrorist group’s municipal affairs. As’ad coordinates directly with Hashim Safi al-Din, head of Hizbullah’s Executive Council, to guide the activities of Arch, Meamar, and other Hizbullah companies,” Pompeo explained.

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Thumb warrior 17 September 2020, 20:54

Al-Manar: Khalil and al-Khalil learned from Adib that the obstacle is at the Center House and that the French are continuing their efforts.

Yes, it is the Center House that is insisting on giving the Shia the Finance Ministry and One Third Veto power.

The voice of truth is Al-Manar.

Thumb justice 17 September 2020, 22:37

Yet another new-old shia troll calling itself 'elisa':)

Default-user-icon NameChange (Guest) 17 September 2020, 23:57

The Hiz should change their name and remove any reference to God from it. How can you be a party of God when you murder, destroy, deal drugs, oppress, steal, unlawfully control, preach hate.... I’m sure you know the picture.
The should change their name to Hiz-Chtone and have branches like Hiz-Jahish and Hiz-Manuke and make t shirts with a zubber sticking from the devil down a throat with a caption saying “feed me more”.

Default-user-icon singldad (Guest) 18 September 2020, 00:51

make some sense: if the US already controls Lebanon why then would they go after it? I'd rather be on the US side then the Persian's...

Default-user-icon Thunder2020 (Guest) 18 September 2020, 01:13

GeaGea has been saying this for years. He is not afraid of Hezbollah. He is the only Political leader that has served jail time, yet he is the most genuine leader. Everything he says is very well considered and fits a purpose to serve Lebanon and only Lebanon. Hezbollah would not exist politically if it were not for its militia forcefully imposing Iran’s political will on Lebanon.

Thumb slim_tania 18 September 2020, 08:05

lol @ elisa