Lebanese Secretary of State Nasif Hitti has urged U.S. ambassador to the country, Dorothy Shea, to protest the diplomat’s recent comments denouncing the Shiite militia party Hezbollah, an ally of Iran, for embezzling public funds.
“We are very concerned about the role of Hezbollah, a group that has diverted billions of dollars into government coffers to provide basic services to its people,” he said in an interview with a Saudi network .
The Lebanese government, led by Prime Minister Hasan Diab, is under considerable pressure due to the economic and social crisis that has been raging in the country for months and is exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Lebanon is experiencing the worst economic crisis since the civil war from 1975 to 1990. In March, the country announced the suspension of payments from Eurobonds in order to secure the essential foreign exchange reserves to cover basic imports.