Germany Will Not Declare Iran-Backed Hezbollah A Terrorist Organization

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gestures as he addresses his supporters via a screen during last day of Ashura, in Beirut, Lebanon September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo

Reuters: Germany won't classify Iran ally Hezbollah as terrorist: Spiegel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will not follow Britain’s lead in declaring Iran-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization, a senior official was quoted as saying on Friday, a decision that may fuel tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Minister of State Niels Annen told weekly news magazine Der Spiegel that the Shi’ite Muslim Islamist movement remained a relevant factor in Lebanese society and the European Union had already added its military wing to a list of proscribed groups in 2013.

Britain last month said it would ban all wings of Hezbollah for destabilizing the Middle East.

Long the most powerful group in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s influence has expanded at home and in the region. It controls three of 30 ministries in the government led by Western-backed Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, the largest number ever.

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Update: Germany won’t classify Iran ally Hezbollah as terrorist (Middle East Monitor).

WNU Editor: In the meantime more threats from Hezbollah against Israel .... Hezbollah chief says Israel ‘scared,’ not ready for war (Times of Israel).

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