WASHINGTON (AFP) – As US President Donald Trump prepared to head to Saudi Arabia on Friday, Washington and Riyadh issued their first "joint terrorist designation" — blacklisting a Hezbollah leader.
Hashem Safieddine was described by US officials as a key member of the executive council of Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese armed movement which Washington has branded a "foreign terrorist organization."
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"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joined the United States in designating Hashem Safieddine," the State Department said in a statement.
"As a result, any of his assets held in Saudi Arabia are frozen, and transfers through the Kingdom s financial sector, are prohibited."
Separately, the department s Bureau of Counterterrorism tweeted that this marked the "first-ever" State Department and foreign nation "joint terrorist designation", underlining the close cooperation between US and Saudi officials.
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"The action against Safieddine is the latest example of the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia in combatting the financing of terrorism," the State Department said.