Head of Lebanon’s Free Patriotic Movement Gebran Bassil has not sent any letter to any side in Washington in a bid to lift sanctions imposed by the US Treasury against the Christian leader earlier this month, his office said on Friday.
In a statement, the Media Office of Bassil denied reports on such request as ‘baseless’, noting that the FPM head “is still legally mulling, along with specialists, ways to challenge the US sanctions.”
“Any measure has not been taken yet in this regard,” the statement said.
Earlier on November 6, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on the top Lebanese politician, claiming he has been allegedly “playing a major role in corruption” in the country.
Later on November 7, President Michel Aoun asked the Lebanese foreign ministry to make the necessary contacts to secure any evidence and documents that prompted the US Treasury sanctions on Bassil.
Later this week, caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Whebe met US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea to discuss bilateral ties and the sanctions placed on FPM head.
The meeting came “within the framework of the foreign minister’s meetings with diplomats in Lebanon,” Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday (November 16.)
Source: Al-Manar English Website