Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah on Tuesday blasted the US ambassador to Lebanon as a “military ruler” who was inciting tensions after she accused the party of stealing billions from state coffers.

Tensions have soared between the Iran-backed Shiite party and the outspoken envoy, Dorothy Shea, since she accused the party last month of spiriting away billions of dollars of state money at a time of acute economic crisis.

In an interview with Saudi-owned news channel Al-Hadath, Shea also said the US was reviewing Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government’s links with Hezbollah, considered by the US as a terrorist organisation.

“Since the new ambassador arrived in Lebanon …she has dealt with Lebanon as though she is a military ruler, or a high commissary, as though she has authority,” Nasrallah said.

“Every day she attacks (Hezbollah)… she insults and offends us,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech, criticising the government for keeping silent, adding that “She is pushing the Lebanese towards infighting, sedition and civil strife.


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