Hezbollah slams EU blacklisting decision

The Shi'ite group condemned the decision, saying "It would cause losses and disappointment to list the armed wing of Hezbollah among the terrorist organizations, an aggressive and unjust decision as a result of EU's obedience to the White House and Israel."

Hezbollah slams EU blacklisting decision

World Bulletin/News Desk

Hezbollah announced on Tuesday that it rejected the European Union (EU) decision to blacklist the insurgent group's armed wing.

Issuing a statement, the Shi'ite group condemned the decision, saying "It would cause losses and disappointment to list the armed wing of Hezbollah among the terrorist organizations, an aggressive and unjust decision as a result of EU's obedience to the White House and Israel."

Hezbollah parliamentary member al-Walid Soukariah told reporters that Europe, by taking this decision, puts itself into "confrontation with this segment of people in our region".

The Hezbollah MP added that the EU’s move would not have an impact on the group’s operations.

"This step won't affect Hezbollah or the resistance. The resistance is present on Lebanese territory and not in Europe," he argued.

Hezbollah functions as a political party as part of the Lebanese government and as a militia with thousands of guerrillas under arms.

Members of the Lebanese parliament from other parties also expressed concerns over the possible implications of the decision for Lebanon.

The Lebanese government had previously urged Brussels not to blacklist Hezbollah, saying it could destabilise the country.

Besides, Britain expressed gratitude over the EU decision to blacklist Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a decision motivated by Britain's previous advice.

Last Mod: 23 Temmuz 2013, 16:27
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