Saudi Arabia Blacklists Hezbollah's Hashem Safieddine

Saudi Arabia on Friday designated Hashem Safieddine, the head of Hezbollah's executive council, as a "terrorist", accusing him of advising the armed group to carry out "terrorist operations" and of supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Safieddine, a Lebanese citizen in his 50s, runs the group's political affairs and social and economic programmes in Lebanon's Shia community.

Source: New Round of U.S. Sanctions Looming Ahead

Senator Daryl Issa, who lately headed a U.S. congressional delegation, conveyed a crucial message to Lebanese officials he met, revealing that U.S. President Donald Trump is determined to tighten sanctions on groups that are considered to jeopardize the security of Lebanon and the region. A diplomatic source told Al-Liwaa newspaper that pressure on Lebanese banks will increase, adding that U.S. sanctions will affect two of them along with new individuals.