U.S., Saudi Jointly Blacklist Hizbullah Official on Eve of Trump Visit


As U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to head to Saudi Arabia on Friday, Washington and Riyadh issued their first "joint terrorist designation" -- blacklisting a Hizbullah leader.

Sayyed Hashem Safieddine is head of the executive council of Hizbullah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese armed movement which Washington has branded a "foreign terrorist organization."

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joined the United States in designating Hashem Safieddine," the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

"As a result, any of his assets held in Saudi Arabia are frozen, and transfers through the Kingdom's financial sector, are prohibited."

Separately, the department's Bureau of Counterterrorism tweeted that this marked the "first-ever" State Department and foreign nation "joint terrorist designation", underlining the close cooperation between U.S. and Saudi officials.

"The action against Safieddine is the latest example of the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia in combating the financing of terrorism," the State Department said.

The official Saudi news agency SPA confirmed Safieddine's listing, and alleged he had given his organization advice on carrying out “terrorist acts” and on supplying support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to combat the terrorist activities of Hizbullah and those who offer consultation on their implementation through the available legal tools, and it will also maintain its cooperation with its partners across the world to effectively curb Hizbullah's extremist actions, seeing as no state should stand idly by in the face of Hizbullah's militias and its extremist activities,” a statement carried by SPA said.

“As long as Hizbullah continues to spread chaos and instability, wage terrorist attacks, and practice criminal and illegal activities across the globe, KSA will continue to designate and impose sanctions on Hizbullah militants, leaders and entities,” the statement warned.

Trump has chosen the kingdom as the venue of his first foreign presidential visit, and this weekend he will meet King Salman and address an audience of up to 50 leaders from across the Muslim world on the threat of extremism.

Safieddine, who is in his 50s, is the head of Hizbullah's executive council, which runs the group's political affairs and social and economic programs in Lebanon's Shiite community.

He is a cousin of Hizbullah's overall leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, and is spoken of a potential candidate to succeed him and take charge of perhaps the most powerful non-state movement in an unstable region.

The U.S. designation order did not link him to any recent Hizbullah attacks, but noted the group's historical involvement in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, a U.S. embassy bombing in 1984 and a passenger jet hijacking in 1985.

In the same statement, the State Department also added Muhammad al-Isawi -- whom it said had taken over the leadership of the Islamic State group franchise in Egypt's Sinai peninsula in August 2016 -- to the sanctions list.

As "specially designated global terrorists," Safieddine and al-Isawi will see any assets they hold in areas under U.S. jurisdiction frozen, and U.S. citizens will be forbidden from any dealings with them.

Separately but simultaneously, the U.S. Treasury added two Yemeni tribal leaders, Hashim Muhsin Aydarus al-Hamid and Khalid Ali Mabkhut al-Aradah, to its own sanctions list, branding them leaders of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Comments 26
Thumb gigahabib 11 months

Lol, the top sponsor of terrorism in the entire world designates others as terrorists... The shamelessness is astounding.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 11 months

yeah, it is just like when hezbollah and iran claim they are fighting terrorism.

Thumb marcus 11 months

if you say so shia troll, if you say so.

Thumb joebustani 11 months

bless anyone person, entity, organization, brigade or country that inflicts extreme pain and unbearable suffering, death, torture, and destruction upon the iranian sectarian terrorist militia and its members, sponsors, supporters or followers wherever they may be.

Thumb whyaskwhy 11 months

Kizballah is Fighting Israel in Syria right now and soon they will also liberate Oman from Israelis as well as Cambodia too

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 11 months

Well done!

Thumb Southern...... 11 months

these retarded people have no friends nor allies but only a warmonger who considers them cattle and Israel, the enemy of all arabs and the occupier of arab land...i feel pity for them, becasue after losing all chances to have some influence in Syria, the loses in Iraq and the humiliation in Yemen, they want to take Lebanon as target to shoot at.

Thumb eagledawn 11 months

Lol, I'm probably the least frequent poster here.

Thumb enterprise 11 months

and now the iranian heretic posts less frequently than he ever did.

Thumb Elemental 11 months

Terrorists blaming other terrorists who think they're saints, the biggest joke of the year...second to Movaten and Mystic.

Thumb ex-fpm 11 months

Symbolic but a strong message to the terrorist iranian militia.

Thumb Southern...... 11 months

who cares! since worldwide are known to be the terrorists and who sponsor the intl terrorism, Hezbollah is fighting them, that's why they feel cornered, therefore it doesn't make sense.

Thumb Southern...... 11 months

King Salman who considers himslef the custodian of the two holy mosques is not the right individual to hold such responsibility, it's exactly like Netanyahu who considers himself as the custodian of Al-Aqsa mosque.... not rightous, it's temporal.

Thumb ex-fpm 11 months

DNA-18/05/2017 مسرحية الديمقراطية الإيرانية

Thumb s.o.s 11 months

God bless Saudi Arabia and the USA for helping Lebanon. ♥♥♥ President Trump and and King Salman.

Thumb galaxy 11 months

may they rot in hell and may they enjoy skeletor's burning hospitality

Thumb s.o.s 11 months

Beautiful news today, lots of It!

Thumb eagledawn 11 months

I hope these iranian terrorists did not suffer too much : D tsk tsk tsk

Thumb s.o.s 11 months

Mowaten aka flametroll is practicing taqiyyism as I type these words under the temporary alias " kekistanian" obviously the houthian isn't Armenian....

Thumb ex-fpm 11 months

DNA - 19/05/2017 التحالف يقصف نظام الأسد

Thumb galaxy 11 months

lol @ gigastanian

Thumb shab 11 months

Good news

Thumb kanaandian 11 months

meanwhile, the real caliph of isis (prince mohammad of saudi arabia) has just been blessed by sheikh trump will a 100 billion + arms deal. hmmm.

Thumb liberty 11 months

well then, brace for impact ya heretic.

Thumb gigahabib 11 months

So many Saudi stooges in one thread. Or are they all just AndrogynousTexas with too many browsers open?

Thumb eagledawn 11 months

lol @ giga. zigiuridy.kekistani

you sound like one of those basement dwellers who save everybody's posts and vote themselves up hahahaha. I'm right, am I not?