Moments ago, the majority of foreign ministers of the Arab League agreed to label Hezbollah a “terrorist group”. This move comes amid increasing anti-Shia sentiment in many Sunni-dominated Gulf monarchies which have also declared Houthis (Yemeni Shia tribe) and Hezbollah (Lebanese Shia) as terrorists and severed all ties with Iran themselves.

Nearly all members of the pan-Arab body supported the decision; however, Lebanon and Iraq expressed “reservations”, the bloc said in a statement read by Bahraini diplomat Wahid Mubarak Sayar.

The announcement comes days after the GCC also declared the group a “terrorist” organisation, following Saudi Arabia’s decision to withhold 4 billion dollars of military support for Lebanon’s government.

At that time, the GCC’s secretary general Abdullatif al-Zayani said Hezbollah was responsible for “terrorist and subversive acts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, which contradict moral and humanitarian values and principles and the international law and pose a threat to Arab national security”.

Gulf states maintain that Hezbollah-linked groups continue to pose a threat within their own borders. For instance, in January, Bahrain said it had dismantled a “terror” cell allegedly linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah. That same month, a lower Kuwaiti court sentenced 22 Shiite citizens for “plotting Hezbollah-linked attacks” and “spying for Iran” inside Kuwait.

Meanwhile, the United States, Canada and Australia have also listed Hezbollah as a “terrorist” group. Meanwhile, the European Union has also blacklisted its military wing.

In late 2011, the Syrian Government was expelled from the Arab League mainly due to outburst of the war in Syria. Damascus and Hezbollah have since enjoyed close cooperation inside Syria with the aforementioned parties launching several joint offensives against rebel forces beginning with al-Qusayr in 2013.

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Today’s Arab League decision is likely related to this increased cooperation between Bashar al-Assad’s government and Hassan Nasrallah’s group.

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Vincenzo Mannello
Vincenzo Mannello
2016-03-11 19:02

#ArabLeague says #Hezbollah terrorist ?? What to expect from servants of the #US and #israel ?????

Justicier 47
Justicier 47
2016-03-11 20:11

all who declare Hezbollah a terrorist organisation, are real terrorists and Saoud the leader.

Kamil Chomatek
Kamil Chomatek
2016-03-11 19:02

means Lebanon get ready for invasion

PUFFIN
PUFFIN
2016-03-11 18:58

Wonder how much the Saudi’s payed for that VOTE ?

shaikh arif n
shaikh arif n
2016-03-11 20:00

Till now Hezbollah was not Terrorist, n suddenly became terrorist. Shocking. Politics, nothing else.

change better world
change better world
2016-03-11 19:34

@puffin1952 @V_Mannello @88marciaramalho @mikogrey24
In #Zionists-#Saudi hand?
https://t.co/xx5ef96N5D

Debbie Malcolm
Debbie Malcolm
2016-03-12 01:35

thank god

Kopfz
Kopfz
2016-03-12 04:07
Reply to  Debbie Malcolm

What Saudi Arabia does is not the work of God. You’re thinking of the other guy..

Alexandr
Alexandr
2016-03-12 05:17

@MilitaryMapsما الفرق الذي يعترف التقاء، في ظل حكم الارهاب الوهابي المتطرف في المملكة العربية السعودية؟

kavita san
kavita san
2016-03-12 09:18

Shame on these pathetic servants of Israel, The US and Saudi Arabia- without Hezbollah martyrs Lebanon and Jordan would be under Israeli rule by now. May be all these Arab rulers ( working against the wishes of their citizens)need a taste of the Israeli boot to be reminded what it is like to be there.