Tillerson says it us unacceptable for a militia like Hezbollah to operate outside the authority of the Lebanese government.
He spoke Thursday at a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, an ally of the West who is at odds with Hezbollah. Earlier in the day, he met with key allies of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group including the president and parliament speaker.
Tillerson said Hezbollah's engagement in Syria has "perpetuated the bloodshed" in that country and threatens the security of Lebanon.
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