Friday, July 30, 2010

Obama renews "freezing assets" of persons who work with Hezbollah ...

President Barack Obama renewed an emergency measure Thursday to freeze the assets of persons who work with Hezbollah militants and "infringe upon" Lebanese stability.

"While there have been some recent positive developments in the Syrian-Lebanese relationship, continuing arms transfers to Hezbollah that include increasingly sophisticated weapons systems serve to undermine Lebanese sovereignty," Obama said in a message to Congress....

The original executive order under president George W. Bush, continued by Obama, found that threats presented an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States."

The statement came hours after confirmation Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will visit Beirut on Friday for a summit aimed at easing tensions in Lebanon ..."

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