US officials are unhappy about their erstwhile British lapdog allowing a leading Hezbollah member into the UK to speak at a seminar on political Islam at the School of Oriental and African Studies, as we reported yesterday.
A senior US official said Thursday he was unhappy with a British decision to open low-level contact with Hezbollah and suggested London only indirectly informed the new administration ahead of time.
The remarks contrasted with those last week from the State Department which said US officials had been informed about the move in advance and gave no sign of displeasure -- even if Washington was not ready to follow London's lead.
The senior US government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to a group of journalists in Washington, clearly expressed discomfort with the British decision.
He said he would like the British to explain to him "the difference between the political, military and social wings of Hezbollah because we don?t see a difference between the integrated leadership that they see." more