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A senior US official: The sanctions of the US on Hezbollah, allies will not stop

A senior US official declared on Thursday that the United States will not arrest imposing sanctions against Lebanese officials allied with Hezbollah although that Beirut declaring a deal to start discussing its maritime border with Israel.

Indeed, after that Israel declared last week that a deal to start discussions on the border dispute had been achieved, Lebanon has done the same on Thursday.

Otherwise, Washington has developed significant diplomatic efforts to get the two parties to come to the table about their borders for years, and Although the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Schenker praised the reaching of the deal by Lebanese government, he reported that this doesn’t mean the US would not put the brakes on its maximum pressure campaign against Iran and its proxies.

It should be noted that Hezbollah backed by Iran has been at the head of the sanctions with the expansion recently of sanctions by the US against allies of the powerful Shia militant group.

Moreover, and about the details of the discussions, Schenker declared that UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis would represent the UN whereas Lebanese army officials and experts would represent Lebanon. However, it is not clear who the Israeli officials will be at the talks that will be organized at a UN office in south Lebanon, and discussions are expected to begin on October. 14.

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