News ID: 270759
Published: 0207 GMT June 28, 2020

Lebanon summons US envoy over comments on Hezbollah

Lebanon summons US envoy over comments on Hezbollah

Lebanon’s foreign minister summoned the US ambassador to Beirut over comments she made recently in which she attacked the resistance movement Hezbollah, state-run National News Agency reported Sunday.

The agency gave no further details other than saying that the meeting between Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti and Ambassador Dorothy Shea is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Local media said the minister will tell the ambassador that according to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, an ambassador has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of another country and should not incite the Lebanese people against one another.

On Saturday, a Lebanese judge banned local and foreign media outlets in the country from interviewing the US ambassador for a year saying that her criticism of Hezbollah was seditious and a threat to social peace.

The court order said that Shea “discussed in her interview a Lebanese party represented in parliament and cabinet and that enjoys a wide popular base," referring to Hezbollah.

"The US ambassador has no right to talk about this party," the order added.

The judge’s ruling came a day after Shea told Saudi-owned TV station Al-Hadath that Washington has “great concerns” over Hezbollah’s role in the government.

"It has syphoned off billions of dollars that should have gone into government coffers so that the government can provide basic services to its people," the envoy said.

"It has obstructed some of the economic reforms the Lebanese economy so desperately needs," she added.

Hezbollah legislator Hassan Fadlallah on Sunday called Shea’s comments “a flagrant aggression on the sovereignty of our country and its national dignity.” He called on the Foreign Ministry to force the ambassador to “respect international law.”

AP and AFP contributed to this story.

 

 

 

   
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