(Update) Nasrallah: Banks biggest beneficiary amid financial crisis

Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, on Monday delivered a televised speech in which he tackled the latest political developments, most recent of which Germany’s ban of Hezbollah activity on its soil. 

The Hezbollah chief dismissed the fresh German decision as an outright implementation of the US administration’s dictates. He said that Germany’s move also came in response to the US pressure to halt the party’s movement worldwide. 

Last week, Germany completely banned Hezbollah from carrying out activities on its soil, as police raided mosques and venues linked to the party. 

“Germany has failed to submit any proof of terrorist acts allegedly attributed to Hezbollah,” Nasrallah said, further denouncing Germany’s blacklisting of Hezbollah, and police raids on affiliated mosques and centers. 

He made clear that Hezbollah had decided to avoid establishing any sort of organized existence abroad in a bid to spare supporters and followers in foreign countries any trouble or embarrassing situations. 

Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah called on the Lebanese government to protect the Lebanese expatriates in Germany due to the fact that Hezbollah’s intervention in this issue would leave a different impression. 

Touching on the local scene, mainly the faltering economic situation, Nasrallah said that Hezbollah did not categorically reject the idea of having Lebanon ask the IMF for financial support. 

“Hezbollah has only warned against surrendering to the IMF’s will,” he explained. 

Furthermore, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated calls on Lebanese banks to release depositors’ funds and to avoid blindly yielding to US pressures. He also denied any Hezbollah involvement in the currency exchange business in Lebanon. 

In this vein, he affirmed that his party did not wish to overthrow, destroy, or retaliate against the banking sector; however, he censured the way that the banking sector has maltreated Hezbollah, and the way that banks have dealt with people’s deposits. 

“You are the biggest beneficiary in all this; you have won tens of billions of dollars, yet you have not helped your country— not even once,” Nasrallah added. 

Addressing the Lebanese government, the Hezbollah chief called on concerned apparatuses to exercise control over the massive price hike and to cope with the monopolization of commodities. 

Commending the Diab-led cabinet for its robust response to the novel Coronavirus, Sayyed Nasrallah urged the Lebanese to give the government a bigger chance and more time to be able to cope with the ongoing crises. 

“The government has drawn up a semi-wide [rescue] plan,” he said, deeming it “an achievement and a positive point” in the government’s interest.

He also reiterated his support for the aforementioned plan, stressing “the need to salvage the country.” 

On another level, and in response to rumors alluding to a rift between Hezbollah and Amal Movement, Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed the existence of a firm and rigid relationship between Hezbollah and Amal Movement. He also called on social media users to avoid circulating rumors in this regard. 

The Hezbollah chief did not fail to offer his party’s willingness to help alleviate tension among some political parties in Lebanon. 

“Hezbollah is ready to help reduce the existing tension among Lebanese political parties,” he said. 

Source: National News Agency

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