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The new U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard, introduced herself to the Lebanese people last week through a live video chat at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

During her introduction, Ambassador Richard made several comments regarding Hezbollah’s large presence inside of Lebanon and Syria, blaming them for the issues plaguing both countries.

Ambassador Richard specified that Hezbollah’s existence as a fully functioning organisation with a large military and political wing is one of the main problems in Lebanon.

“Our target is to dismantle Hezbollah’s international financial network and help the Lebanese banking institutions and people, which will contribute directly to enhancing Lebanon’s economic prosperity,” Richard said during her video conference.

Ambassador Richard, who visited Lebanon in 2007, asserted that the only true force protecting the people is the Lebanese Army.