Banks street in Downtown Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Questions are being raised about whether the recent U.S. measures against the finances of Hezbollah will also apply to the party's ministers and lawmakers who collect their salaries from the Finance Ministry in Lebanese pounds.Another banker stressed that all Lebanese banks are fully complying with the anti-money laundering and terrorism funding measures.Some of the bankers explained that any name listed by the U.S. authorities will not be accepted by any bank.Some experts believe that Hezbollah is avoiding any direct relations with Lebanese banks to avoid any backlash from the U.S. authorities.All of the bankers who were interviewed by The Daily Star emphasized that the U.S. authorities and the U.S. Treasury were very pleased with the cooperation of the Lebanese banks in terms of anti-money laundering and terrorism funding fight.
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