U.S. Embassy's "interference" threatens Lebanese unity, stability: Hezbollah
An officer of the Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah on Friday denounced what he called "the U.S. Embassy's flagrant interference" in Lebanon's internal affairs, DPA reported.
The comment of Hezbollah Arab Relations Officer Hassan Ezzeddine came in reference to the claims of Hezbollah member Nawwaf Moussawi earlier in the week that the United States and its Arab allies have spent 500 million U.S. dollars to bribe Lebanese into criticizing Hezbollah.
"The aim of the 500 million U.S. dollars, which has been spent on institutions and figures, is to tarnish Hezbollah's image and twist facts," Ezzeddine said.
"This interference threatens the unity of the Lebanese and their political stability and security," he added.
Moussawi has recently called on the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon to provide a list of the parties and figures who have received funds from the U.S. administration for political use.
However, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson issued a statement which called Moussawi's allegations baseless, Lebanese OTV reported on Monday.
U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Officer Ryan Gliha on Thursday expanded the details of U.S. aid to Lebanon, saying that "part of the aid went to the International Bank to cover some of Lebanon's debt there, and the other part went to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and all of these details are available on the Internet."