Hezbollah govt in Lebanon bad for US ties: Clinton

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning that formation of a Hezbollah-dominated government in Lebanon will mean changes in the U.S. political and economic relations with the country.

By (AP)

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Published: Tue 25 Jan 2011, 11:49 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:05 AM

The U.S. is considering exactly how to respond to the new government forming this week in Beirut, but cuts or realignment of military aid to Lebanon are likely if the militant group controls key parts of the government.

Clinton says the U.S. wants an independent sovereign Lebanon and is concerned about “outside forces.”

The U.S. supports an international tribunal investigating the assassination former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Hezbollah wants to end cooperation with the tribunal, which is widely expected to indict some of the group’s members for the murder.

The United States deems the Iranian-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

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