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Will US restrictions on Hezbollah lead to collapse of Lebanon?

On a five-day visit to Washington, a Lebanese delegation spoke to US officials about how to prevent collateral damage that could result from legal restrictions on Hezbollah.
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri (L) speaks with Lebanese Christian leader Michel Aoun (C) and former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) during a session of national dialogue aimed at discussing ways out of a political crisis in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, September 9, 2015. Lebanese security services locked down central Beirut on Wednesday as politicians gathered to discuss ways out of a political crisis that has paralyzed government and fueled a wave of street protests. REUTERS/Hasan Ibrahim/Lebanese P
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BEIRUT — A Lebanese parliamentary delegation met in Washington on Feb. 23-27 with numerous members of Congress, administration officials and various lobbies to discuss the potential consequences for Lebanon of the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015.

The act, which US President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 18, authorizes the president to apply sanctions against foreign financial institutions handling transactions with Hezbollah or the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV channel.

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