Salim Sfeir speaks in Beirut, Monday, June 19, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Chairman of Bank of Beirut Salim Sfeir said U.S. Treasury officials he met in Washington are pleased with the Lebanese banks' measures to combat terrorism funding. "I had constructive talks with U.S. Treasury officials who expressed satisfactions toward the response of the Lebanese banks to the U.S. measures and decisions to combat money laundering and terrorism funding," Sfeir said in a televised interview in Las Vegas.Sfeir added that he did not sense any hint during his 1-1/2-hour discussions with several Treasury officials that Washington has plans to broaden the American sanctions against Hezbollah.However, Lebanese officials and bankers have intensified their visits to Washington in recent years following reports that the U.S. Senate and Congress plan to expand the sanctions against Hezbollah and all entities associated with it.
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