Discussing protests in Lebanon, a senior U.S. diplomat asserted that “Iran’s support to the terrorist group Hizbollah has contributed to the group’s ability to exert domestic influence and put its own interests over those of the nation, leaving the Lebanese people on the losing end”. He further reiterated that “the U.S. also remains concerned about the role being played by Hizbollah, and its benefactor Iran. During these protests, Hizbollah, with some echoes from Russia, has tried to blame the U.S. for instigating the protests. These efforts have fallen short. Protestors in Lebanon know they are not the puppets of external influence”. “In stark contrast to Iran, which uses corruption to create openings to extend its influence, we are offering a positive vision”, he added.
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