BEIRUT, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday condemned the United States for having imposed an economic siege on Lebanon since 2019.
"The blockade is implemented through various means, including preventing external assistance, grants, and loans from reaching Lebanon, as well as blocking the Lebanese government from accepting donations, investments, and addressing the issue of Syrian refugees," Nasrallah said in a speech aired on Hezbollah's Al Manar TV channel.
Nasrallah also accused the U.S. of disrupting the businesses of Lebanese expatriates who constitute an important financial source for the livelihood of the Lebanese.
"The U.S. puts merchants and wealthy individuals on the sanctions lists based on unjust charges, exposing expatriates to danger, harassment, and hostility," he said.
Nasrallah also called on the Lebanese government to be courageous in facing the U.S. sanctions by accepting support from Iran and other friendly countries. ■