In an emergency meeting of the Arab League called by Saudi Arabia, all the the foreign ministers attending declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. A final resolution of the meeting also condemned Iran’s interference in the Middle East, saying that the Islamic Republic sought to destabilize the region.
All countries in the league sent representatives with the exception of Lebanon and Iraq. A previous vote by the Arab League held at a meeting in March of 2016 also declared Hezbollah a terror group. However, at that meeting, the foreign ministers of Lebanon and Iraq were in attendance. They did not support the declaration but rather expressed “reservations” about it.
Iran finances and backs Hezbollah, which was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997.
The meeting, which was held in Cairo, was called after Iran fired a ballistic missile from Yemen into Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh on November 4. Although the ministers stopped short of declaring war on Iran, they did say that the missile firing was an act of war against Saudi Arabia.
The ministers also discussed the possibility of taking their case to the United Nations Security Council.
“We want to hold everyone responsible,” he said. “We want to hold countries where Hezbollah is a partner in government responsible, specifically Lebanon.”
“The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation … is under the total control of this terrorist party,” he added.
In October, the director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, Nicholas Rasmussen, said Hezbollah posed a threat to the national security of the U.S. Testifying before a Senate committee, Rasmussen, outlined how Hezbollah is active in the U.S. relating how at the end of the summer, the FBI arrest of “two operatives charged with working on behalf of Hezbollah.”
Rasmunssen said the arrests were “a stark reminder of Hezbollah’s continued desire to maintain a global attack infrastructure that poses an enduring threat to our interests.”
With its advanced weaponry and thousands of fighters, officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are of the opinion that Hezbollah now comprises the second-strongest military force in the Middle East.
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