Hezbollah Slams EU over Blacklisting of Its Military Wing

Diplomacy | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 12:21|  views

The July 2012 bus bombing at the airport in Burgas killed seven, including five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver and the alleged suicide bomber. Photo by BGNES

Hezbollah has accused the European Union of succumbing to "American and Israeli dictates" in deciding to blacklist the Lebanese organization's military wing.

"The words [of the decision] look like they were written in the United States with Israeli ink and the Europeans only signed it," Hezbollah said in an official statement, according to Haaretz.

Hezbollah also said it believes the EU decision wouldn't accomplish anything, but rather lead to hostility against the bloc.

Iran has expectedly also condemned the EU decision, calling it "contrary to all political and legal norms, surprising and unacceptable."

"To label a resistance group which has campaigned against invasion and occupation and has a legal presence with the people's support in the government of Lebanon shows it is based on loose logical foundations," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a statement.

"This action will be to be benefit of the illegitimate Zionist regime and its supporters,” he claimed.

EU’s Foreign Affairs Council decided on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on the EU's list of terrorist organizations.

The decision comes one year after the July 18 tragic incident at the Burgas airport, which killed seven, including five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver, and the perpetrator of the attack.

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Tags: Hezbollah, terror attack, Burgas, bus bombing, terrorist organization, EU Foreign Affairs Council, Iran


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