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Thursday, June 19, 2008

US accuses Venezuelan diplomat of working for Hezbollah

(El Universal) The US on Wednesday accused a Venezuelan diplomat, Ghazi Nasr al Din, of working for Hezbollah and stated that the Venezuelan government is "providing safe harbor" to agents of the radical Islamic Shiite group, reported Efe.

Al-Din had served until recently as charge d'affaires at the Venezuelan embassy in Damascus. He is currently working as political affairs director of the Venezuelan embassy in Lebanon, reported the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

"It is extremely troubling to see the Government of Venezuela employing and providing safe harbor to Hezbollah facilitators and fundraisers. We will continue to expose the global nature of Hezbollah's terrorist support network, and we call on responsible governments worldwide to disrupt and dismantle this activity," said Adam Szubin, Director of the OFAC.

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