Friday, March 11, 2016

Arab League declares Hezbollah a terrorist organization

Decision near unanimous, save for ‘reservations’ from Lebanon and Iraq; comes days after similar move by Gulf states

By Times of Israel staff and AFP

The Arab League on Friday declared Lebanon-based Shiite group Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, a day after the Cairo-based body elected Ahmed Aboul Gheit, a former aide to ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, as its new leader.

Nearly all members of the pan-Arab body supported the decision, expect for Lebanon and Iraq, who expressed “reservations,” the 22-member bloc said in a statement read out at a news conference by Bahraini diplomat Wahid Mubarak Sayar.

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