Report: U.S. Plans to Withhold Aid if Hizbullah Gets Role in Lebanon Cabinet


U.S. Diplomat David Hale reportedly told officials in Lebanon that his country is to withhold aid to the economic-stricken country if Hizbullah gets ministerial seats or indirectly controls the new government, Nidaa al-Watan daily reported on Monday.

Informed political sources said Hale told officials he met in Beirut that the US intends to deny aid to a Lebanese government in which Hizbullah is represented, and that Washington does not intend to give a “password” for the Gulf countries to provide assistance to Lebanon, said the daily.

The sources said Hale has relayed a “firm” message to officials regarding the position of Lebanon in the region, warning that “any bias” in this area would be “strictly” unacceptable.

Haled reiterated persistence of US sanctions against Hizbullah and Iran and that the Lebanese state must distance itself from the party.

During his two-day visit to Beirut last week, the US diplomat said Washington is ready to help Lebanon “but can do so only when Lebanon's leaders undertake a credible, visible and demonstrable commitment to reform.”

Hale had met with the president, parliament speaker and caretaker prime minister Hariri.

He did not directly comment on the appointment of the new PM, Hassan Diab saying only that the United States “has no role in saying who should lead” a Cabinet in Lebanon or anywhere else.

Early in December, the Trump administration quietly released $105 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Force after months of unexplained delay.

Comments 7
Thumb Geralt 23 December 2019, 11:22

Oh please, please Hassuna, do dare play the cat in the hat with the US just to see how low will the Lebanese pride go!

Thumb wassupmanigga 23 December 2019, 12:07

The US should continue squeezing the lebanese mafia bec they will continue to steal whatever aid comes their way for they know their time is up and are scrambling to steal their last money

Thumb justin 23 December 2019, 12:32

تحويلات مالية لشخصيات سياسية بـ6،5 مليار دولار إلى الخارج

قال الخبير الاقتصادي مروان اسكندر لإذاعة الشرق: “التقيت مسؤولة سويسرية على الغداء ونقلت لي تفاصيل تحويلات مالية بالدولار للخارج لـ6 شخصيات سياسية قاربت 6,5 مليار دولار، اعرف اسماءها جيدا ومجمل التحويلات للسياسيين ذات النسبة الاساسية من مجمل التحويلات صارت عرضة لدراسة البرلمان السويسري وتقديره، وعندي الاسماء”.

Thumb justin 23 December 2019, 12:43

بالفيديو: “مش عم اشحد بدي المعاش” في بنك عودة

Thumb ex-fpm 23 December 2019, 16:57

SD means 'Selective Default'.

Thumb gebran_sons 23 December 2019, 15:06

This is what will happen if Iran has its way in Lebanon and Iraq. With a Hizbollah government this is a reality. Puppet Diab will be the Useful Idiot to implement the bloody crackdown and use fake pretense to force the army to implement the crackdown. Luckily Thuwar are not fouled this time.

Thumb lebnanfirst 24 December 2019, 07:55

Good at putting words, sometimes. Better at insulting all the time.

Doing anything good for Lebanon, nothing. You and your HA philosophy drove it to the ground.

Again, Heed my grnadmother's advice.