Under counterterrorism laws, and in coordination with the Qatari government, the US Departments of State and Treasury have imposed sanctions against a seven-person network and real estate company operating in the Gulf states to finance Hezbollah activities.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed that the goal of the move was to prevent the party from abusing the international financial system “to support its malign activity.” He explained that sanctions were imposed on Ali Reda Hassan Al-Bannai, Ali Reda Al-Qasabi Lari and Abdel-Moayyad Al-Bannai as “global terrorists.”
Abd al-Rahman Abd al-Nabi Shams, Yahya Muhammad al-Abd al-Muhsin, Majdi Fayez al-Ustad and Suleiman al-Bannai were also categorized because of their financial assistance or sponsorship of Ali al-Bannai. Sanctions were imposed on the Qatar-based Aldar Real Estate Company “for being owned, controlled, or directed by Suleiman Al-Bannai, directly or indirectly.”
This package is considered one of the second sanctions issued by the US Treasury Department against persons and institutions linked to “Hezbollah” this month, as it had imposed on September 17, sanctions on financial channels based in Lebanon and Kuwait, in addition to financial facilitators and “fake” companies that support Hezbollah and Iran.
According to what diplomatic sources say to Al-Central, these sanctions are not new and the US administrations have been following them for years, and they have not changed despite the change of residents of the White House, and its transition from Republicans to Democrats. What is noteworthy, however, is that the imposed packages this time come in coordination between the Americans and the Gulf states: this time Qatar, and before that Kuwait.
What we must stop at is that it comes in the wake of the emergence of a new government in Lebanon, which relies a lot on international support in general, and the US-Gulf in particular, to be able to succeed in the task of lifting the country out of the state of economic, financial and living collapse, in which it is floundering. But while Hezbollah has a significant share in the government, and its sponsor Iran plays a major role in its formation, with a settlement that the French agreed to conclude with Tehran, to what extent can Washington and the Gulf states be encouraged to help a country, the largest component of its government, that penetrates the financial systems of the world’s countries, to finance activities Do you consider her a terrorist? Even Qatar, which is known for its somewhat flexible attitude toward Iran and its factions, was not spared the party’s activities, the sources add.
And if we add these data to the movement of the export of Captagon, weapons, revolution, missiles and military experts, to the Kingdom or to its neighbor Yemen, which Riyadh considers to originate from the squares of Hezbollah and that it passes through the legal and illegal crossings directly or indirectly under its control, and also to extremism What appears to be shown by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman regarding “Lebanon” during the call made by French President Emmanuel Macron, it will become clear to us that the nascent government’s bet on Gulf cooperation with it is misplaced, and that the wait for its president Najib Mikati to open the gates of Riyadh to him will be long. What serious US-Gulf cooperation with Lebanon will not take place until the legitimacy rises up for itself and confronts Hezbollah and its internal and regional activities… What do you do?