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Hezbollah says U.S. seeking to talk

Hezbollah says U.S. seeking to talk
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is seen on a television screen inside a bakery in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho   -   Copyright  ALI HASHISHO(Reuters)
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah’s leader said on Friday that Washington was seeking to open channels to the Iran-backed movement despite ramping up sanctions against its officials.

“(U.S. President) Trump’s administration is seeking to open channels of communication to Hezbollah in Lebanon through mediators. … These are the American pragmatists,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview with Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV without elaborating.

(Reporting by Ellen Francis; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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