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US coordinating with Qatar to target Hezbollah, Blinken says

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT - JULY 29: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a joint-press conference with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah (not seen) in Kuwait City on July 29, 2021. ( Jaber Abdulkhaleg - Anadolu Agency )
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kuwait City on 29 July 2021 [Jaber Abdulkhaleg/Anadolu Agency]

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US is collaborating with Qatar to defeat Hezbollah in the Gulf region.

Taking to Twitter, Blinken announced that the United States and the Government of Qatar have taken coordinated action against a major Hezbollah financial network based in the Gulf.

"We will continue to cooperate with international partners to protect the U.S. and international financial systems from terrorist abuse," he added.

Yesterday, the administration of US President Joe Biden, in coordination with Qatar, imposed sanctions on several alleged Hezbollah financiers based in the Gulf region, accusing them of providing and facilitating material support to the Lebanese group.

Doha confirmed it imposed sanctions in coordination with Washington on seven individuals and one entity, without identifying them.

"This decision … comes in light of the cooperation with the United States within the framework of Qatar's fulfilment of its obligations and its unrelenting efforts in combating terrorism at the local, regional and international levels," Qatar's official news agency, QNA, said in a statement.

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