Report: U.S. might sanction Berri, 18 other officials over presidential void


Nineteen Lebanese officials, including Speaker Nabih Berri, might be sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department if a president is not elected this month, Nidaa al-Watan newspaper reported Thursday.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf had reportedly warned Wednesday that her country might impose sanctions on Lebanese officials if they continue to obstruct the election of a new president.

Berri on Thursday reiterated that he will not call for a presidential election session in the absence of “at least two serious nominations,” although the opposition and the FPM had confirmed an agreement on the presidential nomination of former minister of Finance Jihad Azour.

Comments 4
Thumb lubnani.masi7i 01 June 2023, 14:48

Yeah right....

Missing rabiosa 01 June 2023, 15:11

Just DO IT. He's been holding the country hostage for 30 years. enough is enough. Expose his assets just like you're trying to arrest centra bank governor.

Thumb 01 June 2023, 18:10

He wasn't even born in Lebanon...

Thumb 01 June 2023, 18:08

Istez Nabih holds American citizenship and, at the very minimum, acts as an informant for the CIA, if not functioning as an actual agent. According to this perspective, the threat posed against Berri by the US administration can only be considered a deceptive and insincere action.