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(CNSNews.com) – A senior State Department official met this week with a Lebanese politician closely allied to Hezbollah, despite the fact that stigmatizing and isolating such groups is part of what designating “foreign terrorist organizations” (FTOs) is intended to achieve.

Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman met in Washington Monday with Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed Tuesday.

Bassil belongs to the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), a member of the March 8 alliance which includes Hezbollah – a designated FTO – and which controls a majority in the Lebanese cabinet. That government was formed in June 2011, months after maneuvering by the Shi’ite terrorist group resulted in the ousting of the U.S.-backed prime minister, Saad Hariri.

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