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Rubio Welcomes U.S. Sanctions Targeting a Senior Hizballah Operative Plotting Terrorist Attacks in the Western Hemisphere

Jul 19, 2019 | Comunicados de Prensa

Cape Canaveral, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement after the U.S. Treasury Department, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, announced new sanctions against Salman Raouf Salman. Salman is new sanctions against Salman Raouf Salman, a senior member of the Iran-backed Hizballah terrorist group. As a member of Hizballah’s External Security Organization (ESO), Salman has directed the group’s terrorist operations in the Western Hemisphere for decades, including the July 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that killed 85 innocents and wounded hundreds. Senator Rubio yesterday co-authored a resolution to mark the AMIA bombing’s 25th anniversary and co-led a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to help hold accountable the masterminds of the 1994 bombing.
“The Treasury Department’s sanctions against one of the masterminds behind the devastating July 1994 terrorist attack against the AMIA Jewish Community Center underscores America’s unwavering commitment to defending our nation and the Western Hemisphere from foreign terrorists and bringing justice for victims of Hizballah terrorists,” Rubio said. “Hizballah has aligned itself with Maduro’s illegitimate narcoterrorist regime, and continues to pose grave threats to the Western Hemisphere and to America’s interests in the region.”
Senator Rubio authored the 2018 sanctions law, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (Public Law 115-272), with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Rubio also co-authored the 2015 law, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act (Public Law 114-102). He is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues.

  • On June 28, 2019, Rubio wrote an op-ed addressing the destabilizing role Hizballah plays in Venezuela. 
  • On April 10, 2019, During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Rubio discussed the threats to U.S. national security posed by the presence of Hizballah in South America with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.