The United States has called on the international community to declare Lebanon’s Shiite militia Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
The United States made the call following a visit to Moscow by a four-member delegation from Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc. The parliamentary delegation met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
A State Department official has condemned the visit of the Hezbollah delegation at Russia’s invitation, saying that the United States urges all countries to stop dividing the so-called Hezbollah military and political wing and take collective action against this group and declare it a terrorist.
A State Department spokesman told the international media outlet that “Hezbollah has been declared a foreign terrorist organization and a special global terrorist organization under US law.”
Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV quoted Mohammad Hassan Raad, head of the visiting delegation in Russia, as saying that the latest situation in Lebanon and Syria was discussed during the meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister.
It should be noted that besides Russia, France also has significant influence in Lebanon and it legally recognizes the political wing of Hezbollah.
French President Emmanuel Macron visited Lebanon after a devastating bombing in Beirut in August last year and met with the country’s leadership as well as Hezbollah’s parliamentary leader Mohamed Raad.
The European Union also differentiates between Hezbollah’s military and political spheres. In recent years, however, several Western countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada, have declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
The majority of Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain, have branded Iran-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Hezbollah has been blamed for a devastating attack on US troops and troops on foreign soil. Is given.
It should be noted that the United States had blacklisted Hezbollah in 2017 for its alleged involvement in terrorist activities and began imposing sanctions on its workers, leaders and organizations. The US has imposed sanctions on more than 50 members.