Treasury official in Lebanon as US probes Hizbullah

A senior US Treasury official met Monday (January 22nd) in Lebanon with President Michel Aoun on a visit that comes after Washington announced a probe into Hizbullah "narcoterrorism", AFP reported.

The US Justice Department said on January 11th it was creating a task force targeting the Lebanese militia that the US considers a terrorist group.

US assistant secretary for terrorist financing Marshall Billingslea met Aoun and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday.

"Lebanon is an active participant in global efforts to fight the financing of terrorism and money laundering," Aoun said in a statement released by the presidency.

"Lebanese security services are vigilant in the pursuit of terror cells and the fight against drug trafficking," he was quoted as saying.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday denied his movement was engaged in drug trafficking to finance itself.

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