Gulf Cooperation Council made a ‘mistake’ labelling Hezbollah as terrorists: Iran

The decision reflects rising tensions between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite powerhouse Iran, Hezbollah's patron.

By: AP | Tehran | Published: March 3, 2016 3:05 pm
hosseni-795 Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a news conference in Moscow. (Source: Reuters|File)

Iran’s deputy foreign minister says a decision by a Saudi-led bloc of Gulf states to label the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah a terrorist organization is a “mistake.”

Iranian state TV Thursday quoted Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying the Gulf Cooperation Council’s move was a “new mistake” that would undermine peace in the region and the unity of Lebanon. He said Iran was “proud” of Hezbollah.

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On Wednesday, a statement from GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif al-Zayani said the bloc decided to implement the terrorist designation because of hostile acts by Iran-backed Hezbollah within its member states.

The decision reflects rising tensions between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite powerhouse Iran, Hezbollah’s patron.

The GCC ruling brings Gulf states in line with the U.S., who also consider Hezbollah a terrorist group.

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