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17 May 2018, 04:42 | Erica Roy
Lebanon's Hezbollah suppoters wave flags
The move followed the U.S. Treasury which said on Wednesday imposed additional sanctions on Lebanon's Hezbollah leadership, targeting its top two officials, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Naim Qassem.
In 2016, the six Arab Sunni powers of the Gulf Co-operation Council - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman - designated Hezbollah a "terrorist" organization.
The countries of the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, adopted the decision on introduction of personal sanctions against the leaders of the Lebanese Hezbollah group and guide its associated economic companies.
The US Treasury Department said four other individuals were also sanctioned, as was the group ISIS in the Greater Sahara.
The bans were mainly targeted at Shura Council, the primary decision-making body of the resistance movement.
"By targeting Hezbollah's Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called "Political Wing" and Hezbollah's global terrorist plotting", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Washington's claims against Hezbollah come while the movement has been playing a significant role in the Syrian army's fight against Takfiri terror groups, including Daesh and al-Nusra Front, thus preventing the spillover of the militancy gripping neighboring Syria into Lebanon. "It is right that Israel fully supports".
Coming after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, the Treasury said Wednesdays actions are part of a efforts to go after "the totality of Iran's malign activities and regionally destabilizing behavior, including that of Hezbollah".
Besides Hezbollah and Russia, Iran has also been providing military advisory support to the Syrian army in its battles against foreign-backed terror groups.
Last week, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against six individuals and three companies it said were funneling millions of dollars to the Revolutionary Guard's external arm, Quds Force.
The move came 10 days after Hezbollah gave a strong showing in Lebanon's elections, garnering enough seats in parliament to block any attempt by its political foes to make it disarm its militia, which rivals the Lebanese army in size and firepower.
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