BEIRUT, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani said Saturday that sanctions imposed by the United States earlier this week on three Hezbollah officials are not targeting the Lebanese, Al Jadeed local TV Channel reported.
"The United States does not have any problem with the Lebanese but the sanctions were imposed against a specific political party operating in Lebanon and against anyone who belongs to or supports this party," Hasbani said in a televised interview.
He added that the U.S. sanctions do not target Lebanese public institutions.
"The U.S. is keen not to target institutions and we are keen to remind them about this, especially when it comes to the importance of supporting the Lebanese army and protecting the banking sector," he said.
Hasbani said that the most important thing to do now is to protect Lebanon against big struggles and clashes.
The deputy prime minister also noted that he has no information at all about the U.S. plans to extend its sanctions on allies of Hezbollah.
Hasbani's remarks come after the U.S. Treasury's announcement on Tuesday that it has slapped sanctions on three key Hezbollah figures, including two members of Lebanese parliament.
All property and interests in property of those sanctioned targets that were subject to U.S. jurisdiction would be blocked, and the Americans were generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.