|10 July, 2019

U.S. sanctions will not affect government's work - Lebanon PM Hariri

"It is a new matter that we will deal with as we see fit," he said in a statement from his office.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-HarirI is seen during the meeting to discuss a draft policy statement at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon February 6, 2019. Image used for illustrated purpose

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-HarirI is seen during the meeting to discuss a draft policy statement at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon February 6, 2019. Image used for illustrated purpose

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BEIRUT- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions targeting Hezbollah lawmakers for the first time marked "a new direction" but would not affect the work of parliament or government.

"It is a new matter that we will deal with as we see fit," he said in a statement from his office. "The important thing is to preserve the banking sector and the Lebanese economy and, God willing, this crisis will pass sooner or later," he said.

He added that the sanctions issue should not be exaggerated.

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Jon Boyle) ((thomas.perry@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: thomas.perry.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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