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Iranian Deputy FM Deplores EU’s Blacklisting of Hezbolla

Politics - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian slammed the European Union’s blacklisting of the military wing of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement.

“The European Union’s decision will have no impact on the strategic role of Hezbollah in the region,” Amir Abdollahian said.

He noted that Hezbollah is in its strongest political and resistance conditions today.

“The EU decision indicates that the bloc has an incorrect understanding of the region,” the Iranian deputy foreign minister said.

EU governments on Monday agreed to list the armed wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist group but the EU ignored pressure from the US and Israel to ban the Lebanese organization outright, allowing contacts with its political representatives.

The decision by EU foreign ministers came after months of wrangling among member states, who needed to agree the ban unanimously.

But there was condemnation from Beirut, where the government had described Hezbollah as "an essential component of the Lebanese society". Leading politicians warned the move would play into the hands of Israel. The Lebanese al-Manar TV channel, reported, "Israel has imposed its will on Europe."


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