U.S. embassy in Lebanon denies Hezbollah allegation of funding critics

12:49, June 22, 2010      

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The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon Monday dismissed as "baseless" Hezbollah's accusation that Washington is funding critics of the Shiite armed group.

"The United States is committed to supporting Lebanon, its government and its people through programs and various types of support," local OTV TV channel quoted a U.S. embassy spokesman as saying.

"We provided this support transparently to the people and media, unlike others. The United States is committed to continuing this support, and these baseless accusations will not change that," he added.

Lebanon's Hezbollah member of parliament Nawwaf Moussawi said last week that Washington and its Arab allies had spent 500 million U.S. dollars to bribe people into criticizing Hezbollah, so as to "distort" Hezbollah's image.

The Shiite armed group is labeled by Washington as a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah fought a devastating war with Israel in 2006. The Shiite group is the only Lebanese armed group other than the country's armed forces.

Source: Xinhua


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