Is Lebanon's Prime Minister a Hizbullah Puppet?

(Asharq Al-Awsat-UK) Abdulrahman Al-Rashed - Prime Minister Hassan Diab is unknown to the majority of the Lebanese people and stands accused of being named by Hizbullah. Will he refrain from dealing with institutions and individuals from Lebanon and Iran that are on Washington's list of sanctions targeting Iran? These requirements are accepted by governments of much greater stature and power than that of Diab's, including China and European nations. One individual involved in Lebanese affairs said that, at an international level, $9 billion is available to assist Lebanon. To get it, all Diab needs to do is implement government reforms that would free customs, airports and ports from Hizbullah's control, in addition to the dozens of ministries and public services that have become a source of financing for militias rather than the government. Can he do that? Probably not. The writer is former general manager of Al-Arabiya and former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat.

2020-02-17 00:00:00

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