July 10, 2019 / 9:32 AM / 3 months ago

Lebanon speaker says U.S. sanctions are an assault on parliament

FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri chairs a parliamentary session in Beirut, Lebanon, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah officials, including two Lebanese lawmakers, amount to an assault on parliament and the country, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on three top officials from the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement on Tuesday: two members of Lebanon’s parliament and a security official who coordinates between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security agencies.

“It is an assault on the parliament and as a result an assault on all of Lebanon,” Berri, the head of Hezbollah’s ally the Amal party, said in a statement.

Writing by Tom Perry/Ellen Francis; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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