Aoun Says Proposed Anti-Hizbullah U.S. Bill to ‘Harm Lebanon, Lebanese’

President Michel Aoun warned Monday that a new anti-Hizbullah sanctions bill that the U.S. Congress is mulling would “greatly harm Lebanon and its people.”

“The draft law that is being prepared in Congress to slap new financial sanctions on Lebanese parties, institutions and individuals will greatly harm Lebanon and its people,” Aoun told a delegation from the American Task Force for Lebanon, an organization that “unites Americans of Lebanese heritage to promote a secure, stable, free and sovereign Lebanon.”

Media reports said a Lebanese delegation is conducting contacts abroad in a bid to tone down the U.S. bill.

According to reports, the proposed law might for the first time target AMAL Movement, Hizbullah’s key Shiite ally. Other reports said the bill might target several other allies of Hizbullah.